Equine Perception and the Role of the Rider
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To ride free of thought is to ride with absolute communication. Absolute communication is an unspeakable understanding, and above all else, it is the subtle feeling of harmony between horse and rider. It is through this feeling that the horse and rider are able to move in rhythm through time and space in the physical world and exist on mutual ground. Both individuals have to orient more to the body of the other than to their own. Proprioceptive sensory feedback is the basis for pathways of absolute communication. Awareness of such information manifests when the rider relinquishes self-conscious, autonomous physical control; the exchange for control of the horse is the rider’s self-control. To understand the phenomenon of equestrian it is necessary to evaluate the nature of humankind, the philosophy of the horse and the respective influences of sensory perception within an evolutionary perspective.