Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Working on the lunge

The American instructor Erica Poseley believes that lunging the rider is a great way to improve the rider's seat. She says that only riding more will not improve the problems in the riders seat since

"If you do what you always do, you are just going to get what you always get."

This is very much in line with a quote I saw on the Academic Art of Riding Facebook page.

"I admit that in a discipline where the body plays such an important part, practice must be inseparable from theory, because it is the practice that makes us begin to perceive the horse's temperament, natural tendencies, and strengths; and it is through this means that we discover his resources and his kindness that are buried, so to speak, in the quiescence of his limbs. 

However, in order to attain excellence in this art, it is necessary to be prepared for the difficulties encountered in the practice by a clear and firm theory."

- Francois Robichon de La Guérinière (1688-1751)

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