Working on symmetry
My name is Sanne and my horse is called Nelson. I ride with him at novice level. I would like to continue with him at a higher level in sports. Whilst riding I notice that everything seems to go by itself on the right rein, while it is more difficult to bend him on the left rein. I wonder what I'm doing wrong. Am I out of balance or is it Nelson? This uncertainty means that the competitions have not been going so well lately.
I went with this question to my instructor Manon. I told her my problem and she had also noticed this when I was riding. She recently started working with rein sensors from IPOS. She thought it would be a good idea to use them during my lesson. She made it clear to me that it doesn't matter if Nelson is out of balance or me, because whoever it is, I am the one who has to solve the problem.
During the lesson we first started on the right rein. Nelson responded quickly to my aids and reacted supple. Then I wanted to make a circle to the left. I couldn't get this right. I was instructed to hold pressure on the right rein and release the left rein. I tried this and it went better.
After this I rode another circle, but Manon saw on the app that I was riding with too much pressure on my inner rein and almost no pressure on my right rein. Manon showed my rein pressure in the app. There was a clear difference between left and right. I had a kilo more pressure on the left rein than on the right rein. Now I also understood why I had this problem. It was good that I could see it so clearly on the screen.
Okay, now I could try again. We started on the left rein again, but now I had to put some pressure on my right rein first. Even when going large that is always quite difficult. Manon watched the screen and was able to tell me when I had enough pressure on the right. I was not allowed to ride a circle before the pressure was correct. When I secretly put more pressure on the left rein, Manon showed this to me straight away. Very quickly it went much better on the left rein. I kept the pressure on my outer rein more equal and I kept getting more and more balanced. I went home with a satisfied feeling.
At home I trained with Nelson several times, but without rein sensors it is very difficult to get the same feeling. On the left rein I am unable to get him to a good height with enough pressure on the outside rein. As a result, he does not always take the correct bend. I find it very difficult to solve it myself. I can't check myself and it feels like I would never learn it. I would love to measure myself every day. At least in the coming weeks until I know what the right feeling is.