Moffett's Musings: Why the Classical Seat?
#classicalseat #connectionriding #enlightenedequitation #onlineridingschool
One of my EE teachers was asked by a fellow livery at the yard where she keeps her horses ‘Why ride in this Classical seat? It's not proper riding, you can’t ride like that out hacking or generally’. Oh the misunderstanding, the ignorance that still abounds in the horse world! My staff, pupils and I, never ride in any other way. Yes, we will put the stirrups up a hole for hacking and probably two if going for a canter, but the position doesn’t alter from the ear/shoulder/hip/heel line. Little do these people realise that it’s actually a very secure...
Moffet's Musings: Long and low?
#deepandround #enlightenedequitation #longandlow #rollkur #uthopia
There is an enormous amount of confusion in the horse world about what constitutes ‘long and low’, ‘forward down and out’ ‘deep and round’ and the dreaded ‘rollkur’. For me, the average exponent of ‘long and low’ has the horse almost ‘peanut rolling’ head near the floor, trundling along on its shoulders. ‘Forward, down, out’ is probably the method espoused by proponents of Philippe Karl’s ‘School of Legerete’, where he is looking for ‘neck extension’ with the poll always the highest point, and the horse extending the frame with nose well in front of the vertical. ‘Deep and round’ is...
Moffett's Musings: Bringing 'connection' to your riding
#connectionriding #enlightenedequitation #onlineridingschool #video
I was surprised, no, rather shocked, last week to read a post on my Enlightened Equitation Facebook group where the writer said that she was into natural horsemanship, to ‘better connect with her horse’ and that she would find my training ‘intimidating’. I queried why out of genuine curiosity, but haven’t seen a reply. Intimidating? But why?!! I have long promoted the strapline on my website of ‘A Kinder Way to Ride and Train’. Does this conjure up the image of the stereotypical riding instructress of old, who barked commands military-style, to her frequently terrified pupils?! I see courses of...
Fun and funky limited edition HM Seatbone Savers
Introducing the new limited edition range of HM Seatbone Savers in fun colours for children and young-at-heart adults! Colours include "Turkish Delight" pictured, "Barby Pink" and "Ultra Violet".
The importance of correct saddle fitting
Balancing a saddle is a very important part of fitting: "After i posted the other day that my VSD felt like it was tipping me forward and i was utterly despondant - I tried my friends wonderful Dressage FlexEE and was shocked it felt so different. So today armed with my Le Meiux Shim pad I shimmed the hell out of the front ( put in a thick shim at the front), the result I AM SURE ITS NOT THE SAME DAM SADDLE!! seriously. Just tipping the front up a few cm's changed my position and how safe i felt!...