Training

07/05/2017
Training Your Horse

Lightness is not about having loose reins, or even a forward hand. Lightness is about 100 things coming together in unison allowing the rider the room to give the rein without the horse losing the engagement, rhythm, balance, uphill, tendency, cadence, and forwardness of the movement.

04/04/2017
Training Your Horse

Sometimes I get frustrated when people ask me whether a 6-year old is already doing flying changes or passage. In my mind I go, “I hope not”, but unfortunately it’s common in the dressage world these days to see horses at 6 already performing exercises that require high levels of collection. This is not good for the physical nor mental maturity of the horse.

25/03/2017
Training Your Horse

In Rien van der Schaft’s previous article, he spoke about the phase most riders forget about, the phase of the contact rein. In this first phase of the training you want to achieve three things, namely relaxation, forwardness and that your horse accepts the contact. Once you’ve established that, it’s time to move onto the second phase. Rien will explain what this phase looks like and what you should pay attention to.

04/03/2017
Training Your Horse

In all the years he has been teaching riders from all around the world, Rien van der Schaft noticed that the core of 99% of all of the problems riders deal with spiral down to one phase in the training. According to Rien, it’s the phase most riders forget about or don’t do correctly: getting the right connection.

15/02/2017
Training Your Horse

It is easy to unconsciously avoid certain elements of training on a daily basis. Over time this causes major problems. We tell ourselves that we are just not going down the other end of the school because we are working on a smaller area, knowing full well that our horse often spooks at the chair, tree, nothing at the other end.

13/02/2017
Training Your Horse

The recent 2017 British Dressage Young Horse Forums which took place over two Mondays in January have gone down a storm, providing an invaluable opportunity to learn from and share ideas with respected figures from within the sport.

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