Creating the tools for both the rider and the horse.

I soon realized that I actually had to take responsibility for what was going wrong in my lateral work.

I needed to notice how the horse was affecting me and I was affecting the horse.

I quickly learnt to notice the pieces of which seat bone was sliding too much one side or the other, and how my own tone and strength was vastly different on each side of my body. This made me lean one way as my strong side shortened and clamped to the horse, whereas on the other side I slid off the horse’s long back muscle and dragged him with me, because I couldn’t support him. As I got more organized and equally toned, the better it all became, and I had space in my mind to start to address the horse’s imbalances and weakness.

Then it became clear that my horse also had a weak side which lengthened and felt like he was deflated on one side yet on the other I could feel his back more inflated. It was difficult to keep my seat bones equal and the surface under them wasn’t level. No wonder we were struggling.

By using in-hand work and explaining to the horse what I wanted, things began to improve. This let us move to the next step, exercises under saddle, which helped him build more strength, suppleness and understanding of how to use his body.

If things don’t flow I am always prepared to step back to find out where the confusion is, and explain it in small bite-size pieces until the horse understands. I relate it to me learning how to do things on the computer, I simply forget what I should know.

Both you and your horse can do lateral work. You just need to learn to notice, adjust and gain trust in each other.

To follow on from these blogs I am conducting several Lateral Clinics at different venues. I would love to work with you to help you overcome the challenges you may be experiencing.

Margaret River 22-23rd June.                               

Oakford Perth 20-21st July

Albany 24-25th August.

Prices vary due to travel and arena hire costs.

 

Booking for all these clinics are on the website www.annmontgomery.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2019 Newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter

Hi Guys. The newsletter is a little late this month as I’m away doing clinics. I’ve just completed clinics in Mackay and Canberra and as always, loving working with such dedicated riders. Mackay had me putting my thinking cap on, as one rider Anita Evers, who a lot of...

October 2019 Newsletter.

October 2019 Newsletter.

Hi Guys I can’t believe we are into October and the latter part of the year already. In September we finally had the Building of Jane workshops and I have to say that I and the other attendees were blown away by how much detail and information flowed over that...

Working with ‘Energy’ and your Horse

Working with ‘Energy’ and your Horse

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September Newsletter

September Newsletter

  Hi Everyone The past month saw my final trip to Darwin for this year, and once again it was a great trip and I feel so grateful for the opportunity to work with such lovely people who face many climate challenges and yet remain positive in their quest to become...

August Newsletter

August Newsletter

Well the months seem to have run away from me as we find ourselves in August already. Last month I experimented with using a few new venues, which gave us the safety and comfort of two gorgeous indoor arenas, one at Yalambi Farm Stud near Margaret River and the other...

Newsletter July 2019

Newsletter July 2019

    Well, over the past month I have managed to catch up on a lot of office work - this is stuff that I sort of hide from, ignore and turn a blind eye to, until the office, calendar and website scream at me for attention.  I never seem to be able to see the...

Newsletter June 2019

Newsletter June 2019

  Hi All, I’m just on my way back from Darwin after two further 6 rider format clinics which I have found very rewarding. I take my hat off to Alison Osborne for still running these clinics and am very thankful that she enabled the riders to continue with their...

The Fascination of bones – Part 2

The Fascination of bones – Part 2

  Looking deeper into the bones I notice how the rider’s pelvis is sitting on the saddle and horse, I ask myself is it level front to back and left to right. A saddle that does not fit or is not in balance can easily unbalance the rider’s pelvis. At times it is...

The fascination of bones -part 1.

The fascination of bones -part 1.

Though out my life and especially as my coaching developed in my 20s, I was more and more intrigued by the bones of the rider and the horse. And the movement patterns of both.
In my early years in coaching training, I was expected and examined in my exams on the conformation of the horse. This took me on a path of many hours, analysing how a horse was put together, if it was going to be able to do its job that the rider was expecting of it?. I was expected to as a coach to be able to advise a student at the pre purchase trial ride and viewing on suitability for purpose, conformation, temperament etc. before they went into the expense of having a horse vetted.
Every time I coach a rider the first thing I focus in on is the bones, I almost see a stick man on a horse. My question to myself is, how are they stacked up? Is there flow in the body? Where are they tight or loose, strong or weak? How is this affecting their balance and the horse?
As soon as I set eyes on the pair; I’m noticing the symmetry of both, horse and rider, the way of movement. The truth is I’m watching before they are even in the arena with me.
As I look deep into the horse at the bones and skeleton it gives me a great insight of what is needed as I analyse how the horse and rider are carrying their bones.
This is always a fascination for me, what does the rider actually sit on, as far as the skeleton is concerned. What is the saddle sitting on and if it doesn’t fit well how is this affecting the spine, spinal processes, ribs, shoulders of the horse. And how is that affecting the whole thoracic sling of the horse as it’s girthed up.

The Joy and frustration of Lateral Work -part 3

The Joy and frustration of Lateral Work -part 3

Coordinating Lateral Work  Riders often find that the forward and sideways movement in lateral work is not smooth and flowing and is different on each rein. On one side the horse may be leading with the shoulders and therefore falling sideways due to too much neck...

 

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