Flexibility is an important part of the dressage success and it makes your horse much more fun to ride. You will likely be more flexible with one rein than the other, so it is important to work with your stiffer side. Do not bend your horse’s head with the inner rein; use your tools in harmony to encourage the bending of your entire body, rather than just your neck. To warm up, I usually work my horses in a stretching position first and bring my back.
If we don’t want dressage horses to just become a means to fulfill our competitive ambitions, we need to figure out ways to make them happy at work. I would like to thank everyone for all the positive comments and comments I have read on Equestrian this site. I have taken many of the free courses of CRK training in recent months and it helps me with my confidence. In fact, I first rode outside on my daughter’s horse in the ring since she came home from a free lease in September.
Moving without fences, a lazy horse often rediscover the joy of movement. You can benefit if you return to the rectangle another day. One of the biggest confusion I see cyclists experience is fighting for calm hands, but instead getting too firm and restrictive with the reins. This in turn creates tension in the horse and discourages its forward movement. Likewise, many riders don’t realize how tight they are on the top thighs, which may seem restrictive to horses. So check that you are relaxed on your chair and thighs and that you keep a smooth, back feeling of the reins.
I sent this to my dressage instructor and she and I will work on this. I would very much like to get information about daily exercises to make an elderly horse work properly, especially to keep arthritis at bay for as long as possible. I think it is very difficult to find a good horse to buy now. I think you are right to receive instructions for “thumbs up.”. The thumbs up generally keep the elbows close to the driver’s body and ensure better consistency with contact.
Some days I will put the harvest on my wrist and let it hang there and it will move like a freight train. But when you get to the door or alley to run in a running race, it doesn’t take much to hit the gas. Then the race ends, it stops and returns to what I call a nap, walking to cool down and return to the trailer. However, take him on a path and he voluntarily walks fast enough to keep track of the feral horses, he just walks around. Maybe a trail trip here or there would help yours, see if it has more umph. I am a middle-aged middle-aged middle-aged intermediary who recently restarted after 35 years.
When you get back on track, go straight ahead and then do another demi-volte to finish again in your S-shape. First try this walking exercise until you have mastered it and then try to jog it. Use your inner rein to bend your horse inward so that your shoulders and front legs move towards the inner lane.