I am truly loving the biomechanics webinar I have been allowed to attend. It is taught by Jillian Kreinbring. I can’t stress how important it is to understand your horse from the inside out. So much of what we do affects their entire body. We can either help strengthen it through our work or weaken it to the point of causing irreversible damage. Nothing we ask our horses to do is natural. So it’s up to us to teach them how to support us. It requires a lot of time, a lot of patience, a lot of continuous education. It requires us to learn how to create a comfortable learning situation for the horse and adapt our aids to supple and soften not contain and restrain. Relaxation is key to accessing the muscles required to support the skeleton which supports the rider. There is no fast fix or quick trick when working to create a strong horse and learning to be a good steward of the horse. Even on the worst day, the horse is still attempting to decipher our communication to perform a task they are not designed to do. Be grateful! Not every ride will be a home run. There will be a lot of foul balls and base hits on the way to the win. But each Situation creates a learning opportunity if viewed through a lens of curiosity and seeking to understand the horse vs a lens of frustration and irritation. The horse is genuinely an amazing, gracious creature that we are lucky to learn from and love. Gratitude should be our attitude in the saddle.