Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Finding the Go in Icelandic Horses

Dani Germacher gave a Icelandic horse riding clinic at Sand Meadow Farms on the east coast.  She provides some excellent tips for improving your riding like how to use your breath to slow down or speed up a horse, a demonstration of how leg aids work because they are applied to one of the muscle groups controlling the hind end, etc.  I would love to go to one of her clinics.

I can't embed this video but you can access via this link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4dJ6g5_ePw

One of her useful tidbits is what happens when we give conflicting signals (both slow down and go at the same time).  A reactive, forward horse will listen to both signals and choose the go signal.  A less reactive horse will listen to both signals and choose slow.

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