Horse Riding

The Alexander Technique can give a new dimension to your experience of horse-riding.

Sitting with an easy, balanced upright posture in the saddle will help you tune in with your horse. If, on the other hand, you are stiff and unbalanced, your horse will feel it and will not respond to your instructions or perform to its optimum potential.

Any tendency to squeeze with the knees, sway the torso in transitions and pull too much on the reins makes it uncomfortable for the horse to carry the rider.

The Alexander Technique will help you:

  • become aware of the way you use your own body
  • improve balance by releasing excess tension
  • improve your natural aids as a rider and
  • be more sensitive to your horse’s resistance

You’ll enjoy your riding more, with a better technique and a happier horse.

At about the age of 45, I began to experience severe pain in both of my knees. I was told I had damaged the cartilage, initially caused by the use of a kicking strap on a sailing dinghy, and made worse by many years of beagling, and to stop beagling or risk ending up in a wheelchair. A few years later a friend suggested the Alexander Technique. At first I was very sceptical, but had also reached the stage where I was ready to try virtually any means to solve the problem. A few weeks after my first lesson, I had gone out beagling, but only walking.

Chris Walsh

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