Author: Jenny Rolfe

Breath into your Transitions

It will be beneficial when you first sit in the saddle to take a few moments to check your posture from top to toe as described in my last article. Begin by riding forward with “allowing” reins. Focus on your core breathing and feel the building of power and energy with the inward breath and the release and flow of energy with your outward breath. Take a very deep outward sigh, rippling down your upper torso into your core to release any tension. This will help to relax your body releasing tension through your muscles and joints. Allow the...

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Top To Toe Awareness For The Rider – With Exercises

The following postural techniques will help to show you how breathing will support the essence of good posture and have a profound influence on your whole body. Let us begin with a basic position which will enhance stability, balance and poise. These techniques are similar to the ancient wisdoms of the east, such as Chi Gong and Tai Chi. As I study the power of breathing, I realize that my personal journey has taken me on a similar path to the teaching of martial artists and Eastern philosophers. Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and,...

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The Importance Of Self Awareness

My last article looked at the importance of core breathing to enhance a profound connection with the horse. Here we will look further at building self awareness so that you can learn a deeper way to communicate with all horses, whatever their breed or type. When we spend time on the ground building up self awareness it will reap many rewards once we are in the saddle. In this way we learn to understand the influence of both posture and core breathing to enhance our coordination, balance and focus. We can create perfect “harmony” between ourselves and our horse....

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Breathe Life into your Riding

Introduction This is a series of articles which will help to transform your relationship with your horse through techniques of core breathing. This journey of enlightenment for me began many years ago as I was training Delfin, my beautiful ex bullfighting Spanish stallion. On one particular day, when we were working in our outdoor school, Delfin was totally inattentive to my usual aids. My frustration grew and my aids became much stronger. He was more concerned with some mares in a nearby field and he was just not willing to listen to me. After several minutes of total inattention,...

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