Put a dressage whip under your thumbs whilst riding. Have the handle side to the left and balance it across your fists. Carry the whip across the withers straight. To use the reins you will need to hold the contact with your elbows. Ride all the paces and exercises like this making sure that the […]
A good way to start varying the stride within the pace, is to use the counting exercise. If riding forward in a balanced active Working trot, count the steps you take between the quarter markers, eg F-M or K-H. Do this three times and make sure it is the same every time. This will encourage […]
First things first, very well done to Mrs Ainsworth for her 2nd and 4th at Patchetts last week end, especially knowing how tired she was but of course Max was a star as well. Wow! Well done to Kelly (Mrs Ford!) for riding so well and being so successful at the Sunshine Tour Championships. It […]
I have earlier explained what Shoulder-In is and here are some more pointers to help you develop it correctly. The most common mistake is to allow the outside shoulder of the horse to fall out. Firstly you need to ride a bit more forward in a straight line and then make half halts on the […]
Many congratulations to Sophie for her successes at the Oxted and Edenbridge Show with her Andalusian Diego, and also a big well done to Kelly who rode at Belmoredean dressage and came home with a 2nd and a 4th. The hard work is beginning to pay off.
Shoulder-in is the easiest lateral movement to ride, and it is when the horse is bent around the rider’s inside leg and the forehand is 1 step only to the inside track. The horse is travelling in the opposite direction from the flexion of his head. If you stand in front of the horse, you […]
The week has rushed by again and congratulations to Sophie and her Andalusian, Diego, who won their class and received a second in the veterans. A good warm up for the Oxted and Edenbridge. Dressage at Hicksead was also good last week, I managed to watch the Grand Prix on the Friday and watched some […]
This has been a busy week, with several students getting ready for competitions. I wish all of you competing in dressage and sidesaddle, lots of luck and enjoy your weekend.
What a week of weather we have had! Starting the day early has been important to survive the heat and humidity, and the worse than normal horse flies which are attacking me in swarms and the poor horses. Three of my fairly new students have been concentrating on how to straighten their positions, and to […]
To produce a good strike off, your horse must be prepared with little half halt checks to bring the hind leg more under his body so that he can ‘jump’ into canter .At the same time he should be flexed a little to the strike off side. Put the inside leg on the girth. Use […]