If we would like to ride a horse we should be aware of his natural asymmetry. The natural imbalance is one of the dimensions of natural asymmetry:
In a state of rest, due to the significant excess of weight of head and neck, the fragile front legs carry a much heavier load the the hind legs. This is called the natural balance of the horse.
Nature has equipped the hind quarters not only with greater strength in the skeleton, but also with very powerful muscles. It’s therefore healthier for a horse to carry his own body and the rider’s weight mostly with the flexible hind legs rather than with the fragile front legs. This is called the riding balance of the horse.
So when we would like to ride a horse it’s important:
- to give attention to working the hind legs
- to displace the horse’s center of gravity from the shoulders to the haunches.
- to develop the riding balance of the horse, where the horse carries more weight with the hind legs than the fore legs.
To do this we use a system of stages of ever-increasing exercises.