What does hot coffee have to do with riding ?
We all love our coffee while we drive along, which of course includes some good Australian roads with a few pot holes.
We have the option to clutch the coffee and hold it tight to our chest …
Or to lean back and angle the cup away from us so that the hot spillage ends up out of reach.
How does hot coffee relate to horse riding ?
Similarly, when our horse needs the neck for balance we should sit up, tall with relaxed breathing, open our hips, let the withers come up and ride the tail down, while we encourage the horse to keep their head up and the neck out, release it, so the horse can maintain his balance
This means a better balance distribution over his back and not additional weight over the shoulders.
Relaxed breathing and a soft hand goes a long way, the same as with your coffee- you don’t want to squash the cup ….
Enjoy the next upwards transition! ?