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Frequently Asked Questions The 'Ride From Within' system (7 entries)

  • To explain the fundamental difference between ‘Ride from Within’ and all other systems and methods and describe what it is, we must first look at what it is not.

    All other riding methods are based on ‘keeping our balance’ on top of a horse primarily using the strength of the larger muscles of the legs and arms to stay balanced and apply aids. Riders learn to apply leverage using force, however refined or invisible that may be, against the greater power of the horse. This is very much riding from the ‘outside in’.

    ‘Ride from Within’ brings forth a new paradigm in riding and suggests that in relation to traditional or even ‘natural’ riding methods, the world may not be flat! Meaning there is another way beyond the crude limitations of using strength and leverage which manipulate a horse into doing what is asked of him using external force.

    Using fundamental principles from the internal martial arts of Tai Chi and Ba Gua, the ‘Ride from Within’ approach acknowledges that the horse is a power bigger, faster and stronger than ourselves and therefore cannot be ‘overcome’ using strength. To pit our strength against our horse is futile and generally results in at best an unfulfilling, unbalanced, tug-of-war experience in the saddle and at worst a broken down body in horse and rider; painful lower backs and hips and worn out hocks.
    ‘Ride from Within’ teaches us how to firstly receive the greater power of the horse up through the spine unimpeded and re-direct it through the body to create harmonious, flowing connected movement where the horse and rider are truly one, connected at their combined centres.

    The biomechanics of ‘Ride from Within’ are truly unique in the riding world and are based on rotation rather than leverage and a conscious application of the little known 3rd movement if the pelvis. Step by step this method develops a trulybalanced, independant seat or centre that opens the doorway to feel and sensitivity that will surpass any previous experience and transform you and your horse from disconnection and disharmony to soft, fluid effortless riding and a connection that takes you into the extraordinary.

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