Enlightened Equitation " A kinder way to ride and train"
Enlightened Equitation is a unique, simple and logic approach to the teaching of riding and a humane training of horses. Founded by the British “special teacher of classical seat” Heather Moffet. So many times you unfortunately see horses being punished for not moving correctly in ridden situations when it actually might be the rider who is preventing them from being able to move their body in the correct way. It might be the rider’s seat extensively driving, and unfortunately instead of creating a forward motion is actually disturbing the horse and preventing him from using his back correctly. Or it might be the riders leg aids applied in the wrong way and instead of activating the hind legs, make the horse defend itself by stiffening and board his ribcage in defense, that means that the ribcage cant swing as it should and the hind legs can´t step under. So in other words the horse is blocked in all directions and because of this is unable to move forward.
In Enlightened Equitation we are focusing on all these important details:
-To get a correct, elegant and effective seat that works with the horse instead of against it.
-To be able to apply the aids so that they are clear to the horse but not obvious to the onlooker and apply them in a way that work with the biomechanics of the horse.
-How to synchronize the rider’s movements with the horse
-To get the right timing and feeling.
-To create a relaxed, willing and happy horse.
Heather Moffet has also designed wonderful saddles that give unique balance and comfort for both riders and horses. More about the Vogue and FlexEE saddles you can find here:
Equus Finland Enlightened Equitation courses will always start with a dismounted workshop before we go ahead with the ridden exercises.