Riding Lessons at Peachwood Stables

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Haille is the riding instructor at Peachwood Stables. She offers lessons in Western Pleasure, English, Reining and Speed Events.

Haille Margarite is a horsewoman that has developed her talent for teaching different riding disciplines.

 

Haille grew up loving and riding horses. She developed her interest and expertise through the 4-H program and with many first-class trainers.

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Young student learning on a mini.

Now, Haille is offering her services as a riding instructor to teach students as young as 10 years of age how to love, ride and respect a horse. She will teach you on your own horse or on a training horse.

Contact Haille at 209-604-0523 to sign up for quality riding lessons!

 

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Posture, Seat & Balance

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The Error of Leaning Forward

  • The problem with leaning forward when sitting on a horse is that it makes us lose our connection with the horse’s body.
  • The reaction which takes us away from finding the correct position on a horse is our instinct to lean forward when we feel the movement of the horse underneath us.
  • Leaning forward, even slightly in front of the vertical, tilts the rider’s pelvis onto the pubic bone, which is not the right orientation to be able to follow and engage with the movement. In this position, the seat-bones point backwards against the direction of the horse’s energy and the rider’s lower back is hollow, exposing the vertebrae to compression, with the impact of the movement, and possible damage.

The Key Steps to Sitting on a Horse Well

1.  Tucking the Pelvis
The No.1 most important thing you can do to start becoming part the horse’s movement is to get your pelvis in the right orientation in the saddle.

2.  Keeping the Upper Body Back
When you first start to ride with a tucked pelvis, because your core muscles will most likely not have the strength and coordination to support it, it is important to keep the upper body well back, in order to help keep the weight on the back of the seat-bones. This is especially important if you have a if you have a naturally hollow back.

3. Suppling the Hip Joints
The hips joints are probably the most crucial joints in the rider’s whole body, because they act like a hinge between the seat/upper body and the legs.
To create a balanced position on the horse, one that is independent of the reins the rider must stretch this ‘hinge’ open to its fullest extent, so that the leg can remain anchored underneath the rider’s body, which equally stays back in position.

4. Lowering the Center of Gravity
The rider must always be seeking to drop their center of gravity towards that of the horse, so that a unification of the two body masses can be achieved. Only when the rider can become fully joined to the horse’s movement, can they start to transform it in a profound way in order to bring it into balance.

5. Remaining Central
Both horses and humans all have a natural unevenness, which means that when sitting on a horse we almost always get pushed slightly more to one side or the other.