Hey! Welcome back to another blog post. Today, I am talking about tension and how to release your tension in the saddle. I feel that to truly become a better rider you have to develop confidence and clarity.
I have to admit, I have had some moments of tension in my riding lessons and while working one-on-one with my horse. It’s not easy just to release those nerves or emotions. Recently, I was working with Kahari, a horse I ride, and the ride just wasn’t going the direction I wanted it to go. Kahari wasn’t responding to what I was asking her and honestly, I was getting frustrated. The more frustrated and tense I got, the more frustrated and tense Kahari got. Now, Kahari is a super sensitive horse. I only have to put a little bit of leg pressure on her and instantly she will respond. But also, if I start to get tense or get nervous, she immediately picks up on my nerves and tension. This year while working with Kahari, I have really had to learn to put my emotions and tension away and come into a ride in the neutral zone. The neutral zone basically means no emotion or tension. There are pros and cons to riding a sensitive horse, but let me tell you, Kahari has taught me a lot. I honestly feel that I have become a better rider because of her.