9 comments on “In Sync…Friesian Style

    • LOL, but let me ask you, do you remember when you started it? I grew up with horses, so started doing it as a child. I only notice it when I’m photographing someone and I notice it. When I show the picture to the human, they are always amused that they do it. Maybe, I should say, it becomes second nature to us. šŸ™‚

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      • I like that ‘second nature’. I also like the way Kayuk said it: “[…] when your running to show a trotting horse you almost always fall into sync.”

        I was a child when when we practised showing hackney’s. It was (I was 11 or so) literally falling into sync: either this or you had to let the horse go. They ARE going, with or without you. šŸ˜‰ So yes, it becomes second nature. Survival instinct.

        Maybe as child you follow the horse and later on the horse follows you. I think the horses also like to walk in sync.
        If you train carriage horses (2 in front of one carriage), the person holding the rein is influencing the horses in a way they start walking/trotting in sync. Later on – good carriage horses- will look for the synchronicity themselves. That was a real eye opener for me, too.

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  1. Yes, it does become second nature. Some are easier to sync with than others, but when your running to show a trotting horse you almost always fall into sync.

    It’s a very natural thing to do though. If you watch couples or just groups of people walking down the street together, often they are also in sync. I think it’s part of our unconscious desire to be part of the action. And it’s funny, but I’m not sure if it’s the person who always opts to fall in with the horse or the other way around. I have seen people training horses who can, without touching a horse, get the horse to fall into their rhythm, and it doesn’t even look that difficult. I’ve even seen a 14 year old do it in minutes with a horse she had never seen before. It has to do with body language and something I can only term ‘presence’ combined with ‘expectation’. She moved with ‘presence’ as if she was boss and just ‘expected’ the horse to fall in…and it did. It was very interesting to watch.

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    • That’s really interesting. I never thought about the horse getting in sync with the human. I always assumed we did it.
      I don’t do it often, but when I photograph from the saddle, I quickly get in rhythm with the horse’s stride and can click the camera with minimal movement.

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      • Bwahahaha! I don’t know why that struck me as so humorous.

        Have you ever thought that it might be you who is controlling the rhythm through your seat and legs? Riders do it all the time, and a good, well trained horse will follow your lead.


      • Hanging on for dear life, without dropping my camera in a cantor? Yes the horse is definitely following my lead. šŸ˜€
        Actually, I am mostly holding the camera in 2 hands so reigning is near impossible. I really do have to rely on my legs and seat. The only thing I have to be alert to is the horse I have been riding lately is a retired jumper. So he doesn’t bother to let me know when we come to a ditch or fence. He doesn’t break stride at all and just treats it like a 1.40m. First time he did that I nearly was airborn! Now I keep the corner of one eye in front of us. šŸ™‚


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