Trainer Tip: Relax vs. Go Limp

Guest post from VIP Rider Heather Blitz, 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Reserve & Team Gold Medal WEG

Don’t mistake the prompt to relax as a prompt to become limp.

 

Many riders are told to relax in their lessons, but instead make the mistake of then becoming limp. Unfortunately, limp muscles won’t help when trying to stabilize yourself on a powerfully moving object, a.k.a. your horse.  If riders become too limp, they’ll invariably fall behind the motion, not matching the forces of the horse underneath them, therefore causing more of a feeling of desperation and clutching.

As a rider, you should concentrate on a powerful body that can keep up with your horse’s movement in all three dimensions. Riders who do that really well appear to be “relaxed” much like an elegant ballerina performing highly advanced moves.

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Heather Blitz & Ripline Earn Back-to-Back Wins

Heather Blitz & Ripline

Grand Meadows VIP rider and Pan American U.S. Dressage Team Gold Medalist Heather Blitz partnered with Oak Hill Ranch’s seven-year-old Danish Warmblood Approved Stallion Ripline (Hotline x Blue Hors Cavan) in back-to-back wins at the HITS Saugerties Show, May 16 to 17, 2015.

Blitz, who is based in Medfield, MA during the summer, has been showing Ripline since he was four years old. They began the weekend by winning the Prix St. Georges from 16 starters with a score of 71.57%, followed by the Developing Prix St. Georges with 73.01%.