Horse riding on the lunge from the first steps
It is said that learning to ride a horse takes a lifetime. Every hour spent in the saddle is a new experience. Every new horse we ride is a new experience. And this is probably the most beautiful in this sport ... Horse riding is a sport that never gets boring, and once we can ride, it's time to improve. This is the topic for today - from the first steps to continuous improvement.
When equipped with a helmet or toque, in shoes on a flat sole, dressed in breeches or just comfortable pants, we start our adventure with horse riding. At the beginning, we set the first steps on a lunge so that a novice rider can feel safe and at ease. It is a few meters long rope with which the instructor controls the horse, moving slowly (walk) in a circle.
We start our horse riding lessons with exercises, thanks to which we warm up our muscles and which enable us to feel more confident on the horse's back. By riding on a lunge, a horse-riding learner can concentrate on balance exercises, maintaining a correct posture, learning the correct seat, etc.
On the lunge we learn to hold on to reins, sitting, catching stirrups, riding without stirrups etc. Already at the first lesson, we start learning to post, i.e. to rhythmically stand over the saddle while trotting, in the movement of the horse. Trot is probably the most difficult pace to control, in which it is easy to lose balance.
The lunge lessons should take place until the balance is reached by the rider. For this purpose, a lot of exercises are used, including riding without stirrups or posting in trop with holding onto with hands or with hips sideways.
Riding on a lunge is a time when we can get into the rhythm of a horse in order to move with it in harmony. Thanks to the fact that the instructor controls the horse, we as riders, we can focus on perfecting our sitting, balance and coordination, including in particular independent action of various parts of the body.
That's why lunge exercise is a valuable complement to our training also at a later stage of riding. It is when we are more aware of our body that we can work better on improving ourselves. The horse shows us our mistakes well, we need to only (and only until) see them and then work on them. Sometimes it concerns hardly noticeable things - for example, how we sit more on one sitting bone than on the other. The horse will feel it, and we have to realize it.