My yoga teacher often says that if you are holding your breath, your body is telling you that something is uncomfortable. It’s important to listen to your body and breath through the uncomfortable in life, yoga and riding.
I have several fellow riders that have told me they have a bad habit of holding their breath during an entire jumping course, so much so that they’ve felt like they were going to pass out when it was over. I noticed that I would also hold my breath at the start of a course especially at horse shows. Being aware of this got me thinking about the effects that not breathing must have on my riding form as well as the horse. I started practicing yoga in my 20s and I became more aware of my breath in general, but especially while riding. I noticed that when I get nervous and hold my breath, my body gets stiff, my heart races and in turn my horse gets stiff, nervous and unsure of me as the leader. According to Tim Hayes, author of Riding Home,
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