Horse riding and body awareness.
If you ride your horse try to feel the ground under your feet. Inhale and exhale trough your whole chest and stomag into the horse helps you and the horse relax. It also brings our center more down so we are one with the horse and not just floating above. This brings balance an stability. Horses are really sensitive to our breathing. And in case of unexpected movements if you are in ‘contact’ with the ground it will not knock you out of balance. If you practise this kind of awarenes you can use your breathing and awareness to communicate with your horse.
This takes more practise if you are used to giving big aids and if you mainly use your reins. Try to tune in to more subtile aids like breathing and your core, your horse will be relieved. If you give him the chance to react to smaller aids.
Good riding is all about being aware, experiment with this, if you are not working yet with this way of riding. In a safe enviroment.
Long reins and use your awareness. Breath in and think of going forward, get the attention from your posture (balance shift) and breathing first. And if the horse is strange to this you can then remind him by light leg aid to help him understand.
And for stopping breath out and think of halting and use your seat first to bring the balance backwards. Then use your reins if needed.
You will be amazed how subtile you can be. Bring your awareness to what you are doing and start always with the invisible aids first. Horses love this.
Let the horse be with you!