and down (assume I am posting). There are several things I can do, and I'm
not sure what effect each would have or which one (or more) is desirable.
1) I can do nothing. That is, keep my hands closed on the reins and allow them
to be pulled forward by the horse.
2) I can let the reins slide through my fingers, trying to end up with the same
amount of contact as I had before the horse dropped his head.
3) I can try to resist the horses movement by pulling back.
4) I can follow the horses head, lowering (or raising in other cases) my hands
to maintain the same angles we had initially. (Combined with 2 or 3?).
And of course I've completely ignored what leg aids I might use, although
the answer always seems to be 'more'! :)
I've heard and read of terms such as collection and 'on the bit', but I'm not
ready for them (I've just recently been able to maintain a canter twice around
the arena). But an enquiring mind wants to know, even if the body isn't ready.
/* an unreconstructed Missouri guerilla