Magic cannot live understood at the degree of our rational thinking, but at that spot is an explanation. Exactly similar nature together with riding, the explanation does non friction match conventional thinking but becomes real clear together with fascinating when nosotros human face beyond traditional views.
Grazing animals displace constantly, knowing that eating the grass to a betoken allows it to grow back. Humans swallow the grass downward to the root, destroy the seed together with pray that the grass volition grow again. Wild animals, whose habitat is shrinking thank y’all to humans, are at 1 alongside nature. They don’t pretend to ain it. They convey beautiful moments together with ugly moments. Like us, they convey empathy together with brutality but they don’t destroy the planet for profit. They are component of a gigantic chain of crusade together with number that Alexander von Humbold described equally the spider web of life. Not fifty-fifty the tiniest organism is on its own. No unmarried fact tin give notice live considered inwards isolation. Only the human thinks that he is the centre of the web.
When nature is perceived equally a web, its vulnerability is obvious; if 1 thread of the spider web is pulled, the whole tapestry may unravel. As good inwards equine, trauma or surgery tin give notice modify forcefulness lines past times creating novel attachments. One cannot cook a employment acting on 1 body component without agreement how this body component interacts alongside others. “The proper surgical operation of the locomotor organisation depends on the precise synchronization of the motion of each component on every other component together with inwards relation to the body equally a whole.” (James R. Rooney)
The same integrity applies to riding. Asking greater appointment of the hind legs without coordinating the whole thoracolumbar spine for such appointment exposes the Equus caballus to stifle injury. In 1949, Talking nigh a Equus caballus having difficulties executing one-half pass, General Decarpentry advised giving the Equus caballus the fourth dimension to empathize the aids. “Once the Equus caballus has overcome his initial clumsiness, he volition obey the aids instead of distorting their effects past times resistances the source of which eludes us.” (Academic Equitation, 1949)
Now, nosotros convey plenty agreement of the athletic demands of the one-half pass, equally good equally other movements, to empathize the origins of the horses’ difficulties together with right the root cause. We convey plenty agreement of equine mental processing to realize that the Equus caballus does non distort the number of our aids but instead responds to our demands protecting whatsoever musculus imbalance, morphological flaw or other number that is component of the horse’s “body state” at the instant that the aids are applied. The “distortions” are indeed willing attempts to response spell protecting the initial issue. As long equally nosotros continue applying the aids, the Equus caballus volition procedure dissimilar compromises protecting his initial problem. We convey the capacity of analysis together with it is our chore to seat together with right the origin, of the horse’s difficulties.
Our capacity of analysis rests on our knowledge. Instead of simply knowing how the displace is supposed to human face like, nosotros convey to convey a audio agreement of the underlying biomechanics factors. Indeed, fifty-fifty biomechanics has to evolve from the marketing propaganda associated alongside the term biomechanics. Biotensegrity is to a greater extent than inwards line of piece of work alongside actual knowledge. Every component of an organism, from molecular to the gross anatomy, is integrated past times a mechanical organisation into a consummate functional unit. There is an integrity of the whole physique that has been completely missed past times the equitation of the right aids. Muscles never piece of work lonely together with fascia connect the whole muscular organisation together with augment together with aid musculus function. Forces tin give notice live transported through limbs together with body without mightiness production past times the transporting muscles.
It was believed at the fourth dimension of Decarpentry that the passenger stimulates muscles that displace bones. The accuracy of the aids would, according to the classical views, hit upward one’s withdraw heed the accuracy of the horse’s movement. Fifty-six years later, nosotros tin give notice dismiss the action/reaction theory.
“Most of the length alter required for the piece of work of locomotion, occurs non inwards the musculus fibers themselves but past times elastic recoil of the associated tendons together with muscles aponeurosis.” (The role of the extrinsic thoracic limb muscles inwards equine locomotion. R. C. Payne, P. Veenman together with A. M. Wilson. J. Anat. (2005) 206, pp 193-404).
A Equus caballus having difficulty executing a motion needs the rider’s agreement of the horse’s nature. If, for instance, the difficulty is the appointment together with adduction of the exterior hind leg, the Equus caballus probable needs greater flexion of the thoracolumbar spine. On a circle, a elementary adduction of the within hind leg is achieved combining transversal rotation of the pelvis together with dorso-ventral rotation. During one-half pass, both hind legs adduct simultaneously. The transversal rotation of the pelvis is almost non-existent but the dorso-ventral rotation is greater. Such dorso-ventral rotation demands longitudinal flexion of the thoracolumbar spine. The agency the torso is suspended betwixt the forelegs is also involved. If the torso is depression betwixt the forelegs the whole machinery of the thoracolumbar spine is non inwards line of piece of work for flexion together with consequently dorso-ventral rotation of the pelvis.
Since all this machinery is the machinery allowing residue control, the Equus caballus does non postulate a passenger applying the same aids together with expecting a dissimilar result. The Equus caballus needs a passenger having a higher agreement of the Equus caballus nature together with addressing the source of the difficulty, which is enhancing the balance.