“Crookedness” of a horse affects the rider and vice versa. Correction of these misalignments not only improves the comfort and safety of the ride for both, but also improves the balance and alignment necessary for increasing performance of the competition rider. Thus “SYMMETRY IN MOTION” was created, brought to you by Horseman’s Video Showcase.
This book, now out of print, addressed typical rider complaints... "My horse does not like to canter on his left/right lead, will not bend to the left/right, cocks his head to the left/right no matter which way he is going, pops his left/right shoulder, is cold backed, carries his head too high, is saddle shy, has started bucking. As the rider becomes more proficient, the more obvious these problems become.
This video was produced in 1997 and remains available. It is for the serious-minded equestrian. It includes hands-on evaluation of riders and a “how to” for corrections of asymmetries as well as stretching and strengthening exercises. Riders tell us that they pass these exercises along to their spouses, parents and friends. “They are good for anybody!” The main body of the work is a “how to” of releasing restrictions that hold us, the riders, askew, as rider evaluation and work is primary. About 30 minutes of horse techniques conclude the video.
Video available (VHF)
Length: approx. 2 hours
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See also: Release the Potential
Doris Halstead offers consultations to riders using the material in her books with their horses.