I got home from yoga last night feeling life in my hips. We spent the entire session — almost two hours — on pelvic exercises, and as I drove home, I danced in my seat to the music on the radio.
This is only my second yoga session since I broke my back in June, and it was interesting to observe where I am. I no longer have the rotational flexibility I had before, but I am happy to feel spirit where there was static.
It made me think about how easy it is for us to get stuck, in our bodies and in our minds, and how easy it is for our horses to get stuck in the same places.
So if we want our horse’s backs to swing, we have to let our bodies swing a little, too. Or “shwung.”
“Schwung” was so important to Reiner Klimke that it forms the title of the ninth chapter in his book, “Basic Training of the Young Horse“: Working Towards the Development of “Schwung.” If you want to see what a horse with “schwung” looks like in action, watch the horses in Klimke’s video of the same name.
Whether you do yoga or zumba, the horizontal mambo, the hula hoop, or just dance in the middle of your kitchen floor or even down the barn aisle, bring some “schwung” into your own hips and watch your horse get some “schwung” of his own.