Riding with Franklin Balls Part 3: Franklin Balls under the armpits

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“My hands are quieter” The third part of the video “Riding with Franklin Balls” shows us how the air-filled franklin Balls are placed under the armpits.

Physical Education expert Eckart Meyners and riding instructor Sibylle Wiemer explain the use of the soft Franklin Balls with three riders. The 7 cm and 10 cm diameter Franklin Balls are placed under each arm as high as possible. The riders then work their horse in all three paces. The balls are then removed and the riders describe the before and after feeling.

The Franklin Balls stimulate the fascia (or connective tissue) and muscles in the shoulder area are stimulated and changes the feeling of the arms as well as posture. This in turn changes the way the reins are used, the elevation of the upper body and head as well as a positive effect on the breathing of the riders. Because the shoulder area and the legs work in a corresponding manner the Franklin Balls also influence the leg aids. The horses travel forward more willingly and with suppleness.

You will learn in this video:

  • How to attain quieter hands-and a happier horse!
  • How riding with the Franklin Balls under your arms can improve your posture and breathing
  • Why using the balls under your arms can also improve your leg position and help your horse move forward willingly

Further videos in this series:

Eckart Meyners

Eckart Meyners has lectured as Senior Professor in Physical Education for 38 years at the University of Lüneburg and has been involved in the subject of movement theory for riders for decades. He educates riders, trainers and judges for the FN (German Equestrian Federation) as well as running worldwide courses.

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