What To Do If You Are Scared To Give Away The Inside Rein?

What To Do If You Are Scared To Give Away The Inside Rein?

Hey Riding Superstars! Today we have one of our most popular FearLESS Friday TV Throwback! What To Do If You Are Scared To Give Away The Inside Rein?

This is my old Grand Prix horse, Abe, and everyone was asking what he was up to. So, we’re going to do a couple of episodes of Fearless Friday on him.

I have a question from Jules, who has a challenge. She’s too scared to give away the inside rein. And I get that. Who, when we’re learning how to ride a horse, freaks out when they … Because when you first ride a horse, you just kind of pull this rein and the horse turns, and you kind of pull this rein and the horse turns.

 

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To Your Success,

Natasha Althoff

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Hi, Fearless superstars, welcome to Fearless Friday. My name is Natasha Althoff and I’m a Grand Prix dressage rider from Australia.

And this is my old Grand Prix horse, Arbor, and everyone was asking what he was up to. So, we’re going to do a couple of episodes of Fearless Friday on him.

I have a question from Jules, who has a challenge. She’s too scared to give away the inside rein. And I get that. Who, when we’re learning how to ride a horse, freaks out when they … Because when you first ride a horse, you just kind of pull this rein and the horse turns, and you kind of pull this rein and the horse turns.

Then, if you study dressage and you start having dressage lessons, one special day, your coach will say to you, “Oh, you don’t turn with you inside rein. You turn with your outside rein.” And your whole world will fall apart like mine did. And I just went, “What the hell is this universe thinking? That doesn’t make any sense.”

But as you learn and as you progress, you will understand it makes perfect sense that the outside rein controls the outside shoulder, and the outside shoulder is the one that needs to start the turning process.

So, I get all that. And so if you are learning that, it can be really scary to give away your inside rein, because you’re scared that your horse will go that way. And the fact is your horse will go that way if you don’t have an outside rein.

So, just going to trot. Okay, good boy. All right. So if you’re trotting, you can see I don’t need my inside rein. He’s flexing a little bit to the outside, but in terms of turning … I just don’t want him to step on that rein … In terms of turning, he’s going around the circle where I want him to go, and that’s because my outside shoulder, my outside rein controls my outside shoulder. So, there’s nothing to fear, because I have my outside rein turning the horse, and I have my feet turning the horse.

Now, if I didn’t have my outside rein, firstly, he would get a lot faster, and that can be scary because he’s just doing what he wants. And now I’m saying turn, but he’s not turning. He’s running away, which can be scary, because now he’s just doing his own thing. Good boy. And he’s loving it.

So, part of if you have fear riding a horse, a lot of it is because you don’t control your horse. I totally get being scared, because I would be too, if my horse was running around the arena doing anything that he wanted to do and I wasn’t in control.

So, what you need to feel okay about giving the inside rein is you need to start developing your outside rein connection. To do that, you actually have to give your inside rein to force yourself to take the outside rein. So you do that. Hey, [inaudible 00:02:55]. You do that, and then you can take it back. And you can do that and you can take it back.

So, if you’re scared to do that, one stride, bring it back. One stride, bring it back. One stride, bring it back. One stride, bring it back. Then two strides, bring it back. Two strides, bring it back. And then increase to one, two, three, four and bring it back.

And just by training like that and just keeping on focusing on little steps, little steps, get to big steps and get to progress. You will fully start to understand how you can work your outside rein better. Because when you give your inside rein for a stride, you can actually take your outside rein a little bit more.

So don’t go, “Oh, I have to give my inside rein. I’ll just give it for two circles and hope I’m okay.” No. One stride, and then two strides, and work on it like that.

So, I trust that helps. And remember, if you need any help, overcoming fear, check out FearlessRidingSuccess.com. You guys have a great week. Bye.

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