Do instructors think that clients will be offended in some way? Are clients offended if it is suggested, then if so why?
I’ve been riding, on and off, for more years than I care to think about and I still believe that lunge lessons are invaluable. In my case, I now battle all sorts of postural issues (which change daily) thanks to dystonia, but even if I didn’t have this rare disorder, I’d still say, “Bring out the lunge” once in a while.
So why is this so beneficial?
Riders, good and bad, all develop bad habits, from time to time. In my case, I’ve suddenly started riding with my hands too low. Why? Who knows, but the question is, how do you fix it? Just ten minutes on the lunge today, combined with the arena mirrors giving me instant visual feedback and voila, problem solved. The lunge approach gives the rider a means of targeting (and fixing) problem areas, quickly.
I plan to do this again, just to reinforce ‘doing the right thing’. Added bonuses today? Taking reins and stirrups away so you really do have to use your seat properly. Hurrah! More please.
So, if you think being on the lunge is for children, total numpties and old folks. Think again. If you need a speedy, and therefore, cost effective ‘quick fix’ session, don’t be embarrassed and say the words,
“Could I have a lunge lesson, please?”
Have a good week.
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