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Hands… May 21, 2012

Posted by mikeschaffer in balance, calmness, corrections, dressage.

I took a little snippet from a schooling video and slowed it down to look at my hands which I’ve been thinking were really terrible.  This is an interesting result – if for nothing else than to see what riding an 18HH wb moving along can be like.


so you know, first pass is regular speed, than 1/2, followed by 1/10, 1/2 again and back to full speed.

Whadayou guys think?


(8-18-12 fixed link)




1. Libby Thorman - May 22, 2012

we rise when the front outside, and therefore inside hind, are moving forward to allow the inside hind freedom to step under, so why do you lift your hands when inside fore coming thro?
Lifting the hands is a stopping aid……so are you doing it to ask the horse to collect?

mikeschaffer - May 22, 2012

Hi Libby,

that’s what it looks like initially, but if you watch my hands on the superimposed red line you see they are steady it’s the horses back, the saddle, and my seat that is going up and down.


2. sjfleetwinds - May 22, 2012

This was interesting. Your hands look bumpy but actually they are quite steady and I see that the motion is coming thru your shoulders and upper arms–which is good. Shows you are relaxed.

3. Renee - June 15, 2012

Yes, but it still seems like there is a lot of movement in the hands that maybe isn’t necessary. To my ‘untrained eyes’ anyway.

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