I’ve been catching up on the World Equestrian Games. As ever, I’ve been moved to tears by the beauty of the horses, their willingness to work as a partnership to overcome challenges presented in cross country and their ability to listen and create gymnastic dances in dressage. Alongside this, I’ve been admiring the riders commitment to the sport, their skills and their courage.
Whenever I watch these events, I spend a lot of time studying their techniques and (whilst I’m not trying to will my legs to grow or my curves to disappear to elegant willowiness) analysing their biomechanics and the ways in which their natural fascia structure helps or hinders. This helps me as a rider learn, but it also trains my eye for best practise in my Rider Biomechanics clinics.
Ultimately though I’ve been feeling immense pride, though as an entrance rider myself, it was tinged with sadness about the literal and metaphorical clouds that have hung over the Endurance. However, overall, dissent they do amazing things?! Bring on Tokyo!