About Trish and the Program
Over the past 40 years I taught and competed in various disciplines.
I've often ridden 6 to 8 horses a day and did my own chores.
At the same time I raised two children as a single parent.
Did I work out?
No, who has time. After all I worked with and for horses all day, every day.
Did I think I was fit?
Yes of course!
Did I have aches and pains?
Yes of course!
In more recent years I've chosen to ride less but am always striving to ride better.
I pay attention to the lightest response from my horse that says I am balanced, or Not, and then fix it.
One winter I started going to the pool to improve my flexibility by joining an aquatics class.
The first day I was quite surprised at the unevenness I became aware of in my body. My weaker side was magnified by the water's resistance.
My belly button would point off to one side each time my more dominant side made a move. It was a few classes and some real focusing on my body and what was happening before I could actively walk a nice straight line.
We spend a lot of time trying to ride out horses straight. I challenge you to walk a straight line with impulsion in waist to chest deep water.
A test this simple will show you you're not as even as you think you.
You will not cue your horse with equal pressure and yet he is expected to walk straight.
One of my students joined me at the pool and was also surprised at how uneven and unbalanced she felt. The class was a basic community program therapy class aimed at seniors. You would think that would be pretty easy but there was not a lot of actual teaching, just do this and do that. Once in a while the instructor would say breathe, shoulders down and back and engage your core.
There were with no explanations of how.
My student ended up face down in the water a few times.
Over the next few days I gave her pointers and tips to staying more balanced. I related some of the work to problems we were encountering in our riding lessons. My student told me I should be teaching the class and I had to agree with her.
At the time I was riding fairly well. I was constantly working on my position and what I'm feeling and trying to be more balanced and yet the water allowed me to identify and work on subtle (and some not so subtle) inconsistencies in my own suppleness, balance and core strength.
Over the course of a winter this program was developed so my students could learn to feel what their body was doing without the distraction of controlling a horse. It gave them tools to improve both their awareness of how their body is functioning and their muscle control and tone which improves how they ride. This is of benefit for all riders who get in to a habit and don't realize there is unevenness in their own body and especially for the aspiring rider who does not own a horse and wonders what they can do between lessons to help improve their riding. It is for you if you wonder what you can do between lessons or when your horse is off to help improve your riding.
To sign up, go to www.EquestrianAquatics.com if you have any questions use the Contact link above. Thank you