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From Desert Horse Equestrian Services' Virtual Lesson series, preview Longeing in Balance Lesson 3: Access the Elements of Self-Carriage.

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  • 1. Desert Horse Equestrian Services Virtual Lesson Series You're watching a preview of this lesson: Access the Elements of Self-Carriage Longeing in Balance Part 3 www.deserthorseinc.com
  • 2. Access the Elements of Self-Carriage Longeing in Balance Part 3 With your left hand connected to the halter noseband, stand next to the left side of your horse facing just slightly diagonally – try aiming the middle of your chest to your horse’s right ear.
  • 3. Access the Elements of Self-Carriage Longeing in Balance Part 3 Spread the fingers of your right hand wide and put a slight curve into them.
  • 4. Access the Elements of Self-Carriage Longeing in Balance Part 3 Place that hand on your horse’s side two-thirds to three-quarters of the way down from his spine and just behind where your leg would hang if you were mounted. Remember to stand evenly on both feet, bend your knees slightly and breathe into your lower back
  • 5. Access the Elements of Self-Carriage Longeing in Balance Part 3 Firmly and evenly touch the horse with the heel of your hand and the pads of each finger. Adjust your pressure until you feel through the hair, the skin, the fat layer and superficial fascia to the horse’s ribs. (This takes less pressure than you might expect. Try it on your own body for a reference.)
  • 6. Access the Elements of Self-Carriage Longeing in Balance Part 3 Lifting from your legs, smoothly and evenly rake your hand in a diagonal line upward and a bit forward, toward the front of the withers.
  • 7. Access the Elements of Self-Carriage Longeing in Balance Part 3 You’re influencing the muscles between the ribs and moving the hair, skin and superficial tissue, sort of pushing it into a little wave ahead of your hand.
  • 8. Desert Horse Equestrian Services Virtual Lesson Series To download the full version of this step-by-step lesson, which includes more than 35 illustrated instructions to help your horse achieve better balance, go to www.deserthorseinc.com and purchase Access the Elements of Self-Carriage Longeing in Balance Part 3