♔ KJRSOS Rider's Field of Study | Finding Connection ~ Changing Directions
Dedicated to understanding the complexity of the aids that ask for bend. This is where the rider has the most difficulty in the transition from passenger to rider when we begin to direct the energy of the horse. A bridge we need to help riders cross, maximizing the lessons that come before and that come after.
In changing directions, we are literally changing course. Crossing over from merging with the energies of the horse, and becoming that energy, and now to direct that energy consciously. As soon as we take up choice we become responsible for all that transgresses from this moment forward. Authority cannot be had without responsibility. The two are joined, two different sides of the same coin. This is the challenge you have now undertaken. Do not take it lightly. Be humble and forgiving of yourself though because it is a journey for all of us.
The outside yielding rein. Over three decades of teaching and it was only today when I sat down to create this series of lessons that I came to realize that I have been using a rein aid that to all extents and purposes doesn't exist. It isn't listed anywhere. It hasn't even been given a name. But it is possibly the rein aid that I use the most frequently. Other riders use it, teach it, but don't necessarily speak of it as a rein aid. We can work on a different name. It is ours to name, since it doesn't seem to be listed anywhere else. Perhaps a good article would be why is it that we don't name a rein aid that gives and only list those that take.