Just like a plumber or carpenter, as riders we need a tool box to help us on the job. Do you have enough tools in your tool box? Do you know exactly what they do and can you find them blind? Any instructor’s job is to teach you the art of the trade, which includes … Continue reading What is in your toolbox?
The counter bend is a great exercise to help the horse become supple and through. Suppleness comes from lateral, throughness from longitudinal. By asking for the counter bend I make my horse more responsive to the inside leg. The biggest mistake made in this exercise is to use too much inside hand and try to … Continue reading Counterbend
Our experienced and green horses learn to move off the leg with energy and impulsion. We need this impulsion to then meet the hand so we can create positive tension between leg and hand to where the horse comes off the leg and arrives in the hand. The degree to which the rider asks the … Continue reading Leg To Hand
Here's a wonderful exercise to help you become more effective in bending the horse from one direction to the other. Remember all your horse has to know is how to turn right, turn left, go forward and come back. Timing of the sequence of changing the aids from one bend to the other is crucial … Continue reading Serpentine
This exercise asks you and your horse to take part of a circle, connect it to a straight line and change direction. This is asked in the show ring, regardless of which discipline, Jumpers, Hunters, Dressage. You can increase the difficulty by adding a cavaletti like we did or even a small oxer or vertical. … Continue reading Videos on the Hourglass Exercise (Figure 8)
This again starts with a basic circle but this time we change direction out of the circle and combine it with the earlier counter bend exercise. For a more advanced horse and rider we added a canter transition at the point where counter bend turns back into the true bend.
Here's a basic example of how to create a proper circle and change direction through the circle without loosing temp, rhythm and balance.
Explanation of the use of aids in relationship to what I call “IS” and “SHOULD” be track. The “should be track” is the ideal track on course or in an exercise to execute the ride in rhythm and balance. The “is track” shows the deviation from the ideal track. Knowing the difference will help you … Continue reading T-M-B Explained Method – Part 2
A good horseman seeks to communicate with the horse in ways the animal will understand. If you search for a definition of horsemanship online, you’ll find the following: ”A rider or driver of horses, especially one whose skill is exceptional; a person skilled in caring for and managing horses. Skill in, or the art of, riding, managing or training horses.” I think the skill … Continue reading Horsemanship Is Learning Their Language