Having a secure, independent seat will help you become a more effective rider. You’ll sit in a correct, balanced position, which means you won’t be relying on your reins to hold you in place. One of the best ways to achieve this is by having lessons on the lunge. You can concentrate 100% on your riding while your instructor controls your pony. Here’s all you need to know…
Sit it out
Anyone can benefit from lunge lessons, from beginners to experienced riders. But it’s really important that the person teaching you is qualified, and ideally has a minimum of their BHS Stage 2 teaching qualification or an equivalent.
You also need the perfect pony who’s used to being lunged and will respond to your instructor’s voice commands. It’ll also make things easier for you if he moves in an even rhythm, because it’ll make him feel comfy to sit on.
Did you know? It’s a really good idea to have a lunge lesson once a month or every six weeks.
Exercise: round and round
- Hold the neckstrap with your right hand, then raise your left arm above your head and slowly circle it forward for five rotations.
- Now circle it backward for another five rotations.
- Switch arms and circle forward, then back, as before.
- Repeat the exercise two more times.
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