Promoting relaxation when you ride is really quite simple, when you know how. You should breathe. Yes, I know you are breathing, but are you really breathing or are you just breathing?
Try this exercise to promote relaxation. Your breathing must be a little deliberate – put one hand on your stomach and the other hand on your shoulder.
Walk your horse.
- Inhale. Keeping your shoulders down, let your stomach expand and get “fat” while you keep your shoulders down. By doing so, you’re lowering your diaphragm and taking in a really deep breath.
- Exhale. Keep your back straight (don’t collapse in the saddle), and feel your seat getting heavier in the saddle.
It’s as simple as that … the better you breathe, the more quickly you’ll get relaxation.
Patricia – The Dressage Tipster