Soft Feel represents the highest achievement between horse and rider. There are no short cuts on the road to its success. It is a pure partnership built on trust and reward. Soft Feel is accomplished when full use of the riders correct aids have maintained the horse in balance, cadence and carriage. When a horse is taught to “balance himself” and not rely on the riders hands to hold him in frame, “lightness” occurs.
For me, Soft Feel represents my own journey in horsemanship. It is what I wish to accomplish with each horse I train. The principles of dressage are the foundation of Soft Feel. The western is the freedom to ride it.