Part 6 of Mark Sheridan’s Series on Improving Your Horsemanship Scores
Reprinted from June/July issue of Show Horse Today
Are you ready to take your riding in horsemanship classes to the next level? Mark Sheridan continues to answer the question “How do I give my horsemanship patterns the polished look that can win, and what are the first things that catch your eye as a judge?” by using his skills as AQHA Professional Horseman and Judge. Last month we brought you how to make perfect circles. Now that your patterns are tuned, it’s time to tone! Get ready to feel the burn in your riding:
“We have covered quite a bit of ground on riding great horsemanship patterns over the last few articles on this topic. On this issue, I want to talk about things that one can do at home to improve your rides at the shows, as well as other things to keep in mind. I feel that leg strength and lower body control is one of the key ingredients for a solid base when riding. It all starts at the bottom and works its way up, in able to have steady upper body control, as well as having total overall body position and control.
I feel that riding in an English saddle from time to time is the best way to achieve this…
Mark also has suggestions such as standing in your stirrups, and much more! To read the rest of this article, as well as many other articles, click here!