10 COMMANDMENTS TO ACHIEVE PERFECT BALANCE RIDING FOR HORSE AND RIDER AT ALL SPEEDS OF AGILITY MANEUVERS
1. Turn your toes out, your heels down and make contact with your leg from your inter-thigh down through your calf to your ankle. This positioning should be against the horse's barrel in the carrying circle or spot and right behind the elbow of the horse. From your knee down to your ankle should be a perfect vertical line.
2. Ride on your crouch right behind the withers of the horse and not on your butt in the rumble seat or dished out cantle.
3. Your back should be vertical at all times, no matter what speed or agility maneuver you are trying to accomplish "Ride Tall In The Saddle."
4. There should always be more weight on your feet, and not on your seat, with a slight bend in your knee. You should have the thickness of your hand clearance between your crotch and the saddle seat for ultimate performance in Balance Riding.
5. Ride the Bike. This will teach you feel; don't ride the seat and look at just your horse's head. Remember when you rode your bike, you didn't look down all the time at your handle bars, you looked to where you wanted to go, way before you wanted to go there. That's when you learned "Feel."
6. Don't look at your horse's head or shoulders etc. as you become more advanced. Now you should use just the bottom and side view of your eyes to look at your horse's response or rhythm of timing. This will also help with feel and timing.
7. Always gallop your hands in rhythm with the horse's nose. Gallop them up , gallop them down, gallop them all around. Move your butt up and down. This is Performance Rhythm Riding for more speed, balance and agility for an all speed basic handle.
8. Always use a prepatory command, by you and the horse looking to where you want to go way before you give the command to go there. This is the sight part of training.
9. To stop in balance, with the horse's hind feet way up and under towards the girth of the saddle and to achieve optimum 180' rolls and 360' spins or turns, you must stand up on your stirrups, go forward towards their shoulders and free up all loin pressure.
10. Always remember the check lists while riding each horse.
A. Your weight for balance and direction is first.
B. Your legs for grip and control is second.
C. Your reins for the horse's balance and guidance is third.
D. Your voice for prepatory commands, and to yell out "HELP ME" is fourth.
E. You and your horse's "Sight" so the both of you know where you are going next. It's like waltzing tummy to tummy, this is fifth.
Total check list for Balance Riding: Like it was meant to be.
This is my checklist every time I ride a horse. It helps me; I hope it will help you.
May you always ride a great horse and your great horse enjoy you more through the BOZ OBSESSION HI-TECH PERFORMANCE RIDING SCHOOL FOR ENGLISH AND WESTERN COLLECTED AND SPEED DRESSAGE COMBINED.
Until next time,
John N. BOZ Bozanich
58348 Meadow Lane
Springville, CA 93265