The View From Behind

Recently I have been working a lot with Amish horsemen. Believe it or not , all Amish do not know everything or even a little about horses. Most seem to use other modes of transport these days. They use bicycles or private drivers with motor vehicles to get where they want to go. The ones that are still using the horse as transport often need assistance on improving the use of the horse driving. This is where i come into their busy and productive lives.
I had not done much driving since leaving Hungary in 1956, where driving was almost a daily way of life for me. Yes, here and there, tuning up professionals on their precision driving here in the usa kept myself tuned up. But i never really sat long enough in the driver seat to notice how the horse moves. My students paid me to instruct them on how to use those reins and they were very satisfied with those lessons.
But when i drive those miles to town with the Amish , I can not escape the view. Yes, miles and miles of seeing a horse’s ass. I started analyzing the horse’s movements and saw the muscles moving , stretching and contracting. Taking note of when the horse was just not moving well in relation to the muscles behind. Many different horses later made me develop some new exercises.
The Amish use their horses as vehicles and when the horse doesn’t move efficiently anymore they usually end up at the auction just as we replace our motor vehicles when we want a better performance one. Sometimes though they ask my advice just before the trade in. That’s when that view from behind really pays off. I tell them how to fix the problem and how to keep the horse sound. This saves them money and they are able to keep their horse in service longer. I have been able now to recognize how some muscles are overused and tight. The muscles need a little help with a little magnesium oil before working and then after working and while resting too. I give them specific exercises to correct the muscle problem. I wish all my students followed directions as well as the Amish! They really do and it shows.
Now I can see those tight muscles now by watching from the ground the horse move and also feeling the muscle. I show my students too how to recognize these tight muscles and what exercises to use to make it better.
That view from behind helped me develop those specific exercises that I may have never even dreamed of using.

~ Julius ~