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Here’s a sample of one of those articles on Elastic Contact:
I hear from a lot of readers who say they have challenges offering their horses an elastic contact. So in an effort to supple your rigid arms, let’s talk about “mobilizing” your elbows.
Mobile elbows allow for movement. So in the walk and canter, your elbows need to open and close to allow for the movement of your horse’s head and neck. In the rising trot, your horse’s head and neck is steady, but you move when you post.
In the walk:
Start with your elbows bent at your sides. Call that “home” position. As your horse moves his head and neck forward and back, straighten your arms almost completely, but immediately come back to “home position”. Think of rowing a boat. You can even sing, “Row, row, row your boat!”
In the rising trot:
Stand in front of a desk. Hold your hands as if you’re holding the reins. Bend your knees as if you’re sitting in a saddle. Place your fists on the desk with your baby fingers touching the desk. Now “post”, but keep your hands in contact with the desk. Notice how your elbow opens and closes. They open and close like a hinge on a door. (…as opposed to the “rowing the boat” motion.)
You can also think about the old-fashioned scrub boards that people used many decades ago to wash their clothes. Mimic this “wash the clothes” action as you post. As you go up, push the clothes down the washboard.
In the canter:
You can “row the boat” as in the walk or use another image. Get up in a two-point position, and pretend you’re galloping down a racetrack. Mimic the way a jockey’s arms move forward and back. Then keep moving your “jockey arms” while you sit back down in the saddle.
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