Updated: Oct 8, 2020
Be like a flat tire: Humbly low to the ground, willing to let others help lift you, ready for the breath of God to fill you, and willing to tread wherever the road leads. -K.R.
How to do:
1. Kneel and point kneecaps out
2. Support with arms, hinge hips down
3. Extend arms out and relax back down
4.Gently breath to stretch inner legs
Rock on heels of hands or feet
Hurt or pressure your knees
Hunch back and cinch neck in
Forget to breath or attempt to try
This is both the beginning and then end type of stretch. It is the 'end' of the Warm UP portion of the exercise, but it will be the 'beginning' of the Work-Out portion of the exercise. Flat tire is a good place to wrap up the warm up, because our body is so well circulated and more flexible than the moment when we started. We will be able to hold and attain a lot of relaxation and stretch in it. It is a very 'grounding' stretch in the most non-cliche way. We rarely have our knees or face to the ground.
We rarely take time to hear our breath or listen to our thoughts. We rarely consider tasks to be worth our time. But is it never a disappoint to yourself to stretch your inner legs, hips, back, shoulders and arms. It is always fulfilling to know you are doing what you can to maintain your body the best you can. And more important of all its a good posture to thank God for the gift it is He gave you to move your body and love horses. Some people don't have this opportunity, so we should take it as a great privilege to Praise the Lord for what you have to steward.
Ride and Apply:
This posture helps a multitude of things all at once. We are better riders when our mind is quieter, our body is less in pain, and our soul is at peace knowing we are blessed to ride. The inner leg stretch is what you will feel first since it is constantly what we are using to stay on our horse with. The lower back will become a lot more free and loose to accommodate all the gait transitions and fast turns. The shoulders will thank you for giving them a variety movement other than the receptive movements of the reins on the barrel pattern. Most of all your horse will thank you because there is something about this stretch and posture that resets our mind in a better place. A horse never got mad at a better leader.
Go back through some of your recorded runs. Try to remember if there have been times that you or your horse made a bobble due to nerves, doubts, challenging circumstances or anxiety. Don't dwell on the past mistakes that you've learned from, but try instead to ask for some clarity or redemption from these times. We hold on to so many circumstances we deem as failures, when really God is just giving us the grace to learn how to be better and trust Him more. He wants us to be great partners for our horses. If there was ever a run that you really ate dust on, thoughtfully go back and ask for some wisdom and insight to rewrite the script in your mind you've been replaying to a more redemptive version than what you've been believing.