So let’s set ourselves up for success for 2017 and the Wheel of Mastery will help you with that!
In preparation for ST Mastery Class opening for enrollment very soon – something that only happens once per year and with limited space – I want give you a taste of what Mastery is all about by helping you stay accountable to the key areas of life where you feel you need more balance.
Because to become the best horse trainer you can be in 2017, it’s not only about mastering your horse training skills; you also have to find the right balance of attention for other areas of your life.
Many riders with gaited horses think they don’t need to do the ‘common’ dressage exercises, because they practice other gaits.
But a gaited horse is just a horse, it has the same muscles and the same bones and the same asymmetry. And no horse is made to carry a rider – no matter what breed, no matter if it’s a gaited horse or not – because by nature most weight is on a horse’s fragile fore legs.
So all core exercises of ST are needed for any kind of (gaited) horse to help the horse transform from natural balance – the picture on the left where the horse is caryring more weight on the front legs – to artifical balance – the picture on top of the ladder, where the horse is carrying more weight on the hind legs. And this rebalancing can take place by transforming the ability from the hind legs from ‘pushing’ ability to also a ‘carrying’ ability.
Now for a clean tölt you need free shoulders and hind legs that are equally strong. That’s why tölt is at the same level of piaffe.