Natural or created impulsion

Impulsion is essential for proper training. It is a quality of the horse that can be improved with proper training


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Impulsion can be defined differently, depending on the movement or the exercise to be performed, based on the chosen speed. Energy of the gesture? Yes, but energy based on relaxation, not tension. Each movement begins with the activities of the hips; but for the hips to be active, the horse must have a completely relaxed body and mind. Neck and mouth should be soft and without tension. If the jaw is contracted, the rest of the body gets tense. The head must always be relaxed. If the mouth is contracted and the horse is tense, the forward movement is not natural, but caused by the continuous thrust of the rider. For the energy that creates the forward movement to be natural, the hips and the head of the horse must be loose and relaxed. Complete looseness allows the horse strength to be coordinated and the posture to look beautiful...

For horses to be considered really attentive and in harmony with their riders, they must have good impulsion. A balanced and light horse is also attentive and obedient, whether at a short and gaits, or at a long and relaxed gaits. The basic education of the horse is made up of transitions and speed variations. A methodical training based on stretching and slowing down the gaits, in which the rider makes sure that the transitions are correct, smooth, and ready, based on the improvement of the walk, trot, and gallop, is the foundation of every equestrian discipline. During each phase of the training, it is always necessary to act with patience, kindness, and much intelligence. Let us not forget that one of the fundamental aspects of the psychology of the horse is its memory. Very useful for the education of the horse, memory makes training errors and clumsy actions of inexperienced riders infinitely dangerous. Rational and gentle training is the only one that really trains a horse, although practicing this takes time and patience. Every horseman who acquired long practice, could make certain observations that hadn't been reported by his predecessors or escaped them, because the knowledge and use of a horse are an inexhaustible source for research and reflection...

Riding is a sport that is practiced in intimate communication with the horse, a sensitive and strong collaborator with a well-defined personality. Horses collaborate to, and participate in, the athletic training based on the capacity of the rider. Nature has created horses for them to enjoy life in the pastures. As soon as men realized how useful these creatures were, they tamed them to meet their own needs, according to different eras, countries, and peoples. The fact remains that horses were not born to play sports, and then, when trying to achieve a performance that is not entirely congenial to them, we should take into account their conformation, which varies from subject to subject, their temperament, and their natural instincts... Every horse must be studied, understood, and trained in a way that is most appropriate to its nature and character.