I like to plan 3 stages. You won't use all three in every lesson, but having them will allow you to extend the lesson for people who have nailed the earlier stage/s. Always start at 1. This particular lesson plan goes down very well with riders who have a large dressage focus. It is absolutely suitable for all horses and is designed to keep the horses calm. It is so adaptable for different abilities and different horses that it goes excellently in a group and allows every rider to achieve a personal best. I use different stages because you need to keep it interesting for your horse when you practise. Every sporting rider who does not think they need to practise is just plain wrong. Those riders are relying on their horse to do it for them. Any small error the rider makes over repeated attempts will never be fixed if they don't practise. These small errors add up to eventually affect even the best trained horse. Click the title to read more.
When my horse's mate was walked back to the larger paddock, my pretty boy became quite upset. Thing is, he has separation anxiety. He galloped around our paddocks extremely fast and very stressed. It was worrying to watch because it looked dangerous. This guy is fit (he did several laps easily) and can stop very abruptly before the fences, but because he was showing such distress he seemed to be winding up rather than winding down. That seemed bad. So I took an anzac biscuit out to the paddock where he could see me and I called him, like I have been doing regularly. He very quickly came up to me (at canter thanks to being so wound up). Then it was a matter of feeding him bits of the biscuit, more slowly than he'd like because he ate them so fast, and I scratched his wither, speaking in a calm manner. ... I had managed to keep him standing still for long enough to lower his heart rate. Scratching his withers should have helped a lot to do that. ... He has a problem. It has already developed (ie. there's no point talking about prevention). So the question is how to manage it and most importantly how to alleviate the stress of it. I am thankful to say that I think I managed that today. Click through to read more
In this article I would like to draw parallels and comparisons between different ways I have heard learning described, and how to therefore teach a horse. When pressure is applied by the leg, sometimes we choose to 'reinforce' that pressure with a whip or spurs. What does reinforcement mean in this case? Is it the same as positive reinforcement or negative reinforcement? Or because it is a whip or spurs, is it punishment?
I coached at pony club on the weekend and one of the teenage girls asked me if she could have a short one on one lesson away from the group where she could practice canter. I said sure. She said that his bad direction was to the right. So I said, lets start on the left then. This way I could check her aids and position.
Once your horse is relaxed you have achieved rhythm. Ie once your horse is relaxed he will have rhythm. Once you have a relaxed, rhythmic horse then you can work on your contact, and only then you will begin to feel the improvement of impulsion.
Another thing he finds easy to understand as compared with the average pleasure horse are the individual aids to get different turns.
In general the horse community regards snaffles as the perfect bit, which is inappropriate. It is ideal for most situations and especially for flatwork and training. It is inappropriate for the abrupt changes of speed and going from loose to tight rein as one might do when needing to stop from a gallop in a sport like polocrosse.
Surprisingly at canter he is not as balanced as I expected. I can see this when he disunites...Given that this gelding is quite competent at polocrosse his problem won't be balance...As for circles, he has clearly done few that are smaller than 30m diameter, and his turns he copes with by dropping his shoulder into the turn...Impulsion requires strength to support himself on the inside hind.
When the horse spooks Train the rider to breathe out and relax into their saddle instead of take fright. Keep the rider riding. Comfort the horse while riding. REWARD relaxation.
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