Darhan Ashva Equine services offers a variety of classes and programs to suite the needs of every equestrian and their horse. We take a holistic approach to horse care and horsemanship. Darshan Ashva bases its principles on Ayurveda, Yogic philosophy/asana, and Classical riding traditions.
Ayurveda uses fundamental guidelines to diagnosis and alleviate disorders by understanding individual constitutions and the unique ways in which disease and injury are expressed. A therapeutic regime is developed according to the specific needs of the individual and ailment qualities.
A yogic practice, in all is forms, prepares riders to be present when working with horses. Focused breath calms the mind and allows for a rider to become centered. Horses respect and trust a grounded individual. Yoga asana on the mat teaches body awareness and proper alignment that directly translates to proper riding position. Yoga builds strength, stamina, and flexibility over time.
The art and science of riding is ancient and spans time and culture. Many civilizations used horses to advance their societies. Horses assisted in expansionism, warfare, and agriculture. The training and conditioning of the horse should be done with respect and patience. It should prepare the horse to do their job and carry their rider. Many classical riding philosophies promote self-carriage of the horse and correct rider position. Mental clarity of rider and reverence for their equine partner is paramount.
"Sitting on a horse is not something that has to be learnt; it is an anatomically logical and natural position."
Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling
Our Equine Companions work hard for us and we owe it to them to provide them with what they require. It is our responsibility to ensure physical and emotional health.
Darshan Ashva is committed to creating healthy and meaningful relationships between horse and rider by bridging Ayurveda, Yogic philosophy and classical horsemanship.
- Yoga asana affects the muscles, fascia, ligaments, tendons, spine and nervous system.
- Yoga exercises coordinate breath and movement.
- Yoga calms the mind and teaches deeper concentration and focus.
Classical riding methods explain the importance of encouraging a horse to self-carry and insisting on correctness and respect from the rider. Straightness training and various In-hand exercises condition the mind and body of the horse as well as establishing a positive relationship and communication between horse and rider.
Why is correctness important to horseman?
Horses respect and trust a grounded leader. It is imperative that as horseman, we strive to fluently speak the language of the horse and use our body in a effective and complimentary manner to our equine partners.
Riding will become more enjoyable if you are balanced, maintain correct position, possess confidence and move in harmony with you horse. Correct riding position will also enable you to effectively communicate with you horse by allowing your legs, seat and hands to work with evenness and clarity.
- Balance: A balanced position gives you the ability to ride without gripping or exerting too much energy. Balance is concentrated in the seat and/or legs dependently on the equestrian activity. In general, the riders balance is in the ball of the foot
- Correct Position: Riding becomes comfortable when ears, hips, shoulders, and heels are in proper alignment. Elongation of the spine, neutrality of the pelvis, fluidity in the legs and feet provide security of the rider and effective communication to the horse. The action of "lifting up" through the sternum, will assist in the creation of lightness when riding.
- Confidence: Riders cultivate mental confidence in various ways. Mental focus develops with practice, mindfulness, correct breathing and learning techniques from passionate teachers.
- Harmony of movement with the horse: Harmony is imperative if the rider is to communicate appropriately with their equine partner. For instance, your legs should go with the movement of the horses sides, your seat with his back, and the reins with the mouth.