To feel correct contact …
Imagine a fishing line. When the horse is behind the hand or “empty,” the contact feels like the fishing line is just hanging on the water (image on left), but once you get the horse pushing into the bit, the contact you feel is like a draw on your back, elbows, forearm and hand—just like a fish taking the line (image on right).
Mica Mabragaña, originally from Argentina, is USDF bronze, silver and gold medalist. She is a USDF Certified Instructor for Training Level through Fourth Level and represented Argentina in the 2015 Pan American Games.
This article originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue.