It was Sunday morning, the yard was quiet, a 2 hour hack tired her out on Saturday evening and after a night at grass Abbey was definitely ‘relaxed’!
The training session had been booked for weeks and half the yard had signed up for session. Abbey and I were on first.
I read some of the info on the website and watched the video:
I found the concept intriguing and wanted to find out more. While Abbey doesn’t have any particular issues, I’m conscious that I am one sided and I’d like Abbey to be as straight and as balanced as possible.
I expected the session to be slow, for the work to be on the minute differences on Abbey moves her body and that I would need some patience (I am naturally more of a adrenaline junkie that looks at the whole rather than the detail).
I expected to develop my understanding of how horses naturally use their bodies and the differences between that, and how we ask them to use their bodies under saddle.
I was rather disappointed. Perhaps I would have got more out of it if I’d thoroughly researched the technique and already started incorporating it into our training schedule.
In the hour, the instructor did briefly explain the ‘levels’ and some of the balance we require in ridden work but nothing that I didn’t already know.
We practiced forward and low, ‘steller’ (bending from the cheek) and doing this while moving on a circle.
Abbey obviously found this exercise hard as she got grumpy on her ‘bad’ rein while accepting the instructions on her stronger one.
Would I pay £40 for another hour session? Probably not. While I found it interesting and I’m sure if we practiced and had more lessons it would be worthwhile, I didn’t get enough out of it to justify the cost.