Christina's Aslops writes her story......
I came to Bill with sheets of dressage tests that commented on the
inappropriate use of my 'busy hands'.
I don't think
out driving that way, but somewhere along my journey to improve, I
picked up some
pretty bad habits instead!
Bill told me he thought he
could help. (Of course I thought we were going to work on the horse
so that I wouldn't have
to do so much with
my hands.....little did I know that I was going to be the subject of
Over a period of 2 1/2 years under Bill's coaching I have gradually
learned to use my body in a different way,
while driving. (For particulars, read his article published in the
Whip.) For years I had been
compensating for various
(none horse related) of my back, ankle and finally a broken leg, and
an argument we had about how to
positions he was asking of me:
1) body position : weight in abdomen and balls of my feet >versus<
balancing on the reins
2) Enabling me to learn to give w/my shoulders and elbows with a
steadier hand >versus< my unawareness
from side to side, pulling too hard on my pony's mouth, or no
contact at all.
Of course things got worse before they got better and I became so
discouraged, that I finally did what he told
me to do!
I went to
the gym. "Use the rowing machine," he said, to get the feel
of your shoulders. Build up your
abdomen so you
yourself up in the seat without leaning on your horse. You're making
her brace against
you." You have to
understand that I'm
probably in better shape than most people my age, but apparently not
the important places!
Then, in the middle of all of this, I was hit by a car on my bicycle
and laid up with a broken leg. But you know,
me a favor, because I had to eventually go back to the gym after the
physical therapy and work
leg (and my old ankle injury), and then
I worked my arms, and then my abdomen and then my back and so on.
And guess what? Now I don't have to protect
those parts of me any more and I'm finding myself driving with
words in my head and finally understanding what he's
talking about. And my pony? She just gets more and more
you Bill Broe!