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Tips from the Top: on HANDS

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On approaches to fences:

David O’Connor: “ Don’t try to find the distance with your hand.”

Ken Clawson: “the hands are the enemy of the eye.

And my all-time favourite, which I have heard in quite a few lecture-demos:

“The hands are a reflection of the mind.”

What the hands are doing usually betrays how confident the rider is.

In 99% of situations the best answer is more LEG, but the human brain instinctively goes to the hand (it was explained to me thus: we are in essence apes (!), so we grab things with our hands)… BUT, this is something that can be overridden with a lot of good training and effort!


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