Why All The Fuss About RelaxationWritten by Bill Dunigan
Why All The Fuss About Relaxation?
If you have ever taken many riding lessons I'm sure you have heard word "relaxation". It seems to be a staple in every instructors vocabulary. Have you ever wondered why so many teachers, trainers, and top riders place so much importance on it? Sometimes they are refering to relaxation on part of horse and other times it's rider being encoureged to relax more. What is it about this one aspect of riding horses that makes it so universaly important?
Something that we must realize before going any farther in this discussion is that there is a difference between riding a horse and working a horse. If we are simply out for a trail ride or using ring just to enjoy beautiful day on horseback, we are riding. On other hand if we are preparing for competition, trying to progress to next level of accomplishment in our chosen diciplin, or practicing what we learned in previous lesson, then we are working our horse. When we are just riding we are not doing anything in particular to bring about specific results within horse. However, when working our horse we have a real purpose, That purpose is to systematicaly and effectivly bring about improvement in physical and mental condition of horse.
When our horses are tense their mussles, tendons, ligaments, and joints are not able to be as fluid in all of their actions as they need to be. Since we are trying to progress and improve, we need horse able to performe to best of it's ability. If our horse is not relaxed while trying to accomplish this then there is no way to truly make kind of progress we are looking for. Not only does it make it impossible for us to atain desired results, it makes our horse more susseptable to injury. When horse is tense their movements become suddon and abrupt. This can cause them to strain or pull something quite easily without us ever asking them to do something difficult, or unusual. Remember, even though they are very large animals they are in many ways quite fragil. When we take over controls and start telling them when to stop or go, how to move, which way to look and bend, etc. we had better be correct, or we put them at a disadvantage when it comes to saving themselves from injury. The more relaxed we can keep them easier it is for them to take care of themselves when working. That relaxation enablems them to remain fluid in their movements. This is crutial if we want to avoid injuries.
The relaxation keeps horse mentaly able to understand and acept what we are wanting them to do. When they are not worried about self preservation from injury they are better able to cooperate with us. They must be able to trust us. If every time we attempt to work them we end up with a nervious, excited, frustrated horse then something is wrong. If this is often case than they will have a very difficult time trusting us. They are creatures of habit, and have excellent memories. Why should they trust us to give them a good experience today if last time was as unpleasant for them as it would have been for us. They will trust us when we have earned it, and not before.
College Branded ClothingWritten by Johann Erickson
Ted is a devout OU Sooners fan. Even when he was still in high school he purchased all college branded OU clothing he could find. Now, he is a freshman at OU and first home football game is tonight and he must decide what he is going to wear that will work for game and for party after game. He canít come back to dorm after game to change and he wants to look his best for two reasons. After game, he is taking Shelia to after football game party. He heads to his closet.
In his closet, he has University of Oklahoma college hooded sweatshirt in dark ash and one in cardinal, which would be perfect because weather will be on chilly side this evening, but that wonít work for party afterwards. Other items he has that will keep him warm during game include University of Oklahoma college sweatshirt in dark ash, Oklahoma Sooners signature college sweatshirt in dark ash, University of Oklahoma college hooded sweatshirt in charcoal, University of Oklahoma college crew sweatshirt in dark ash, charcoal and cardinal, University of Oklahoma college mock neck shirt in white or cardinal, University of Oklahoma college twill shirt in cardinal and University of Oklahoma college long sleeve denim shirt. Any of these would work perfectly for game, but for an indoor party he may be uncomfortable. He could mix and match and wear something that could be removed and left in car while he attends party.
While he is making his decision, across campus in girlís dorm, Shelia is going through same dilemma. She is also trying to decide what she should wear to big OU game and party afterwards. She also has all OU College branded clothing you could think of for women. In her closet she is deciding between University of Oklahoma ladies college hooded sweatshirt in charcoal, University of Oklahoma ladies zip college hooded jersey shirt in charcoal, University of Oklahoma ladies college hooded sweatshirt in charcoal, University of Oklahoma junior college long sleeve t-shirt in white, and University of Oklahoma junior college string top shirt.