I am the student this weekend. I am deepening my knowledge of a work that I have studied and practiced for 20 years but as always, there is always more to learn.
The clinic started on Friday night with a 4-hour lecture by a great horse woman, Babette Teschen. Let me try to put the essence of it into a few sentences. Lol.
No, seriously, here is what this work is about in a nutshell:
It’s the work on the horse’s straightness. Most horses are crooked by nature, meaning they can bend more easily to one side than the other. This is the reason for a very uneven weight distribution onto his joints, causing balance and very soon health issues.
Fixing this is therefore crucial. And fixing it just through riding requires a lot of riding skills BUT there is a different way: You can fix it through in-hand and lungeing work!
You can teach your horse to bend both ways, this way finding his balance and rhythm, which again allows him to use his back. You can get your horse into a nice “on the bit position” without having anything else but a cavesson on them.
No side-reins, no pressure, just balance.
Sounds to good to be true?
Look at the photo for proof. Babette lungeing a horse into great self-carriage.