Move With Your Horse–Pushing Hands for Horseback Riding

Have you ever practiced “pushing hands”?

The exercise is done by placing your palms against the palm of another person. The two of you then begin to move together. You move where you feel an opening, you give where you feel gentle guidance into an opening. You try to create as little brace as possible… as much fluidity, so it feels like you’re gliding through air. This exercises really doesn’t involve push. It should be called “NOT pushing hands”.

A couple of days ago while riding Hope, I set the intention to move with her–not just in terms of biomechanics and seat, but to really move with her, in the whole ride, in all directions. I wasn’t sure what this meant to me at first, but I knew I wanted to explore it at a deeper level than I had been.

I was really feeling into her body and her movement, trying to feel those openings–the places we could move into easily with no brace.

As we continued to play with this, we both started deepening further into softness, mentally, emotionally, and physically. I started feeling openings not just in directions, but also for a specific bend or movement. As we played, we began to slowly dance across the field… we began to breathe softly and deeply… gliding across the grass. It began to feel like we were home together… neither of us pushed or pressured or told… connected, wild, and free.

Enjoy exploring another layer, another concept with your beautiful friends.

Published by Kara Cumberton

Wellness and horses are my things. I'm a rider, a bodyworker, and a college student studying integrative health and wellness. I also love nature, yoga, my dog, art, writing, and cooking.

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