Training

15/10/2017
Training Your Horse

In international high performance dressage competition sport, most horses have great gaits and most riders ride accurate tests, so since the coming of Valegro, the deciding factor is now apparently lightness. How refreshing! I predict that, if this trend continues, we are going to see much-improved piaffe because it is the movement in which its quality is most dependent on lightness.

13/10/2017
Training Your Horse

Do you work on the quality of the canter? Often I see riders who can canter and do the exercises, but they don’t spend enough time improving the gait itself. The trot is a gait that is worked on a lot, as riders believe that the quality, cadence, and expression of the trot can be improved. So why not the canter?

11/10/2017
Training Your Horse

American 5* judge Janet Foy has recently judged three U.S. Regional Championships and decided to write down a list of tips for riders on how to earn more points. Foy earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals as a rider and is an FEI 5* judge, USEF S dressage judge, and an USEF Sporthorse R breeding judge. She has been a U.S. dressage team selector and is a member of the USEF International High Performance Dressage Committee. 

08/10/2017
Training Your Horse

In an FEI press release on Eurodressage, we read that at the CDIO Rotterdam on June 25, 2017, “Laura Graves was in a league of her own, presenting her horse Verdades in the greatest of lightness.”

07/10/2017
Training Your Horse

Often we forget just how much information the simple halt transition gives us. It tells us whether or not the horse is engaged, it tells us if he is on the contact, if he is on the aids, if he is listening, if he is through the back with his weight on his hind quarters.

01/10/2017
Training Your Horse

We are often told that our arms must be independent from our body when riding. This means the we have relaxation of the shoulder and elbow and that our arms can move forward and backward while our torso remains upright. Sometimes it’s good to check this. To bend our arms at the elbow and move them forward and back, to make sure they are relaxed and independent. However, something even more difficult and well hidden is the ability to ride with independent legs. This does not mean that they are independent from the body, but that they are independent from each other.

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