The Horse as a Mirror of the Rider Clinic

June 6th – 7th


Here at Léttleiki we believe that the majority of issues riders run into are simply due to miscommunication. Because of this we emphasize in our riding lessons and clinics developing a better balanced seat and clear understanding of how horses learn so that riders can apply their aids effectively. This final clinic of the first half of the year focused on the importance of a balanced seat and how to use your body to communicate with the horse and move together in lightness. The topic was addressed in two ways. First we worked on the physical training of the rider through seat lessons on the longe line. Then we began to work on bridleless riding and communicating with the horse through your seat and legs.

The clinic was taught by Léttleiki trainers Terral Hill and Carrie Brandt. As with all of our clinics it involved a variety of group lessons, private lessons, seat lessons, lectures, and demonstrations. We also videotaped riders and then reviewed the videos in class giving riders the opportunity to see and evaluate themselves on the horse.

It was a small clinic with only four participants but this gave us the opportunity to give each participant extensive individualized attention. By the end of the weekend each participant got the opportunity to ride bridleless in the round pen and everyone was successful in turning and doing transitions. Clinics with specific topics like this offer the opportunity to really become immersed in an idea and what better idea to take all the way than lightness?