The Flow of the Journey
Riding on and off as a child and teen in India, the Middle East and the UK, I thought I knew how to ride. However, after moving to the US as an adult and having the opportunity to ride with Classical Master Charles de Kunffy in riding clinics and then eventually in many instructor’s clinics, I realised that though I knew how to stay on a horse, to ride, well, that was a science and art I needed to learn. And thus began the lifelong journey…
The journey took me to understanding what true balance on a horse means. To be able to communicate with the seat, the legs and the hands individually, while in motion, is the goal. Only a balanced horse can learn to lift its back to carry a rider. And only a pain free horse, with a saddle that fits both rider and horse, can help the rider sit easily in balance. And thus, in balance, with a balanced rider, a horse can become a true and joyous partner with his rider.
Along the way I have learned from superb clinicians, master farriers and highly knowledgeable animal health practitioners. Each and every one of them have emphasized that we, as horse people, are ultimately responsible for the many pieces in the balance puzzle for the good of our horses.
“Sell your dreams of cleverness and purchase bewilderment” -RUMI – 13th century Persian poet.