Jenny Pearce

The horse rider’s challenge

Jenny & Bobby

A lesson from Jenny & Bobby


The Horse Rider’s Challenge is to be in a stable, elastically giving, magnetic,  stuck to our horse’s back like a glove, physical riding position that allows us to ride our horse with the feel and sensitivity that these wonderful creatures deserve.

Teaching that where-ever you are in the world, is my area of expertise. Take the Horse Rider’s Challenge – check out your riding seat and at the same time get one of the major keys to being a good rider.


A few weeks ago, we talked about the horse’s side of what has to happen in order to ride without hurting our horse’s back. Link here…

We talked about the fact that you can ride a horse to well being, when – and only when – their back is lifted up to carry us with strength.

There’s another very important side to that question “does riding hurt my horses back?”


And that’s the rider’s riding position.


It is all so easy to ride your horse to well being when your riding seat is stable.  When your riding seat is stable, you can easily develop the feel and sensitivity that makes it possible to ride your horse to physical and emotional well being and have riding be a pleasure for your horse too.

To get that awareness of our body automatic, to achieve the flexibility of our pelvis and spine and get stability and sensitivity in our riding, we work OFF the horse to start off with.  Working off the horse allows us to completely focus on getting ourselves right without having to even think about what the horse is doing.

And then we can take that improvement out to our horse easily.


So that’s how we’re going to do my interactive version of this horse rider’s challenge – OFF our horse.

Using a kitchen chair to check the position of your spine and pelvis with a gentle push on the back of your fingers.

Using a kitchen chair to check the position of spine and pelvis –  in this photo with a gentle push on the back of the fingers.


Grab a plain old kitchen chair that you can sit on facing backwards, so that you are looking at the back of the chair and have your hands holding the back of the chair at about rein height.


Kristina sitting at the desk for this audio.

Kristina is pulling gently on the edge of the desk to check the position of her pelvis and spine from the other direction.



If you haven’t got one of the kind of chairs that it is comfortable enough to sit backwards on, then get the flattest chair you have and sit close enough to your desk to be able to push and pull gently on your desk like Kristina in this photo.


There’s a downloadable version and also a written version of the audio below if you like to read along while you listen.


If you don’t have Flash Player, then use this link:  Riding seat questionnaire


Foundation to Riding Excellence (the new upgrade) is 20 lessons to an enormously better riding seat or get your money back.  🙂

All good ideas ripple outwards, gaining momentum.  Good riders, I mean REALLY good riders, who can ride their horses with sensitivity and a deep connection is one of those ideas worth that momentum.

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