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What is Equestrian Tai Chi?
Equestrian Tai Chi is Tai Chi that I developed for practicing on horseback. It combines the positive aspects of Tai Chi with the therapeutic aspects of the horse’s natural energy and it develops a deeper energetic connection between the horse and rider.
The purpose of Equestrian Tai Chi is to promote the smooth flow of Chi (internal energy) through your body and to help your energy to harmonise with your horse’s energy.
Equestrian Tai Chi works by moving and cultivating the Chi in your body.
Once your Chi has been cultivated, at the end of your Equestrian Tai Chi practice, you store your energy in your Tantien, which is the major energy centre of your body, located on your centre line a few inches below your navel.
Your Tantien acts as a reservoir for storing your internal energy.
The energy from your Tantien can be used to maintain a healthy body, a healthy mind and a healthy spirit.
When your energy is abundant, it contributes to your overall vitality, and to you feeling at ease, and comfortable in your body, and in your life.
The Benefits of Equestrian Tai Chi
Like us, our horses also have energetic bodies, when you practice Equestrian Tai Chi, it has the effect of bringing your energy field into harmony with that of your horse’s, so that your actions smooth both your energy – and your horse’s energy – calming and relaxing both of you.
Most horses appreciate this smooth flow of energy and they communicate this to us through their behaviour, often dropping their heads and having a relaxed look in their eye.
Horses intuitively know how we feel internally, because they are able to sense our emotions and feelings.
The mutual energy field that develops, benefits both you and your horse, it flows from you to your horse, and from your horse back to you.
This unified energy field is more powerful than just yours, or just your horses – together, it multiplies the healthy effects and advantages for you both.
Achieve Harmony and Connection
When we practice Equestrian Tai Chi, it brings harmony and balance to our emotions, drawing our horses to want to be with us, and not be repelled by our bad moods and anxieties.
Our regular practice softens the energetic boundaries between us and our horse, and opens up the energetic lines of communication between us.
As the Chi flows through your physical body, it also flows through the layers of our energy, our vitality, our emotions, our mind and our spirit – these extend from inside our body out into our bio-energetic field.
Developing internal energy
As well as and along with Equestrian Tai Chi, riders learn other internal energy exercises. These exercises, along with Equestrian Tai Chi practice, open and develop the rider’s internal energy/Chi.
The rider learns to connect and communicate with their horse and direct their horse though specialised internal energy/Chi exercises for riding.
Horses respond positively to this way of riding, they go in a good rhythm, they become more relaxed, they're more accepting of connect and are more focused on the rider.
Riding becomes a shared experience on many levels making it more satisfying for the horse as well as the rider, as we’re connecting on a deeper more subtle level, in a way that is natural for the horse.