The correct use of the reins and leg aids depends on the correct ways and acts to increase and release pressure. Britta Schöffmann explains why 'pressure' is not initially objectionable, in which reins or thighs help pressure in and out again and why appropriate timing and correct intensity of the actions help the horse to understand the rider's aids.
"The rider must learn to be able to wait and see," emphasizes Britta Schöffmann, "and thus give the horse the chance to find out by trial and error, which reaction is the desired one." On the other hand, all aid should be clear and unambiguous so that sensitization rather than desensitization occurs.
The example of a young mare demonstrates the incipient interplay of bridle and leg aids and its effect on the horse. The representation of typical rider errors helps to understand the connections. A digression on the subject of "punishment while riding" also shows why punishments are not a solution.
Further videos in this series:
This is how horses learn riding aids - Part 1: Theoretical introduction and ethology
This is how horses learn riding aids - Part 2: Learning theory - habituation / conditioning
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