THE DRESSAGE TIPSTER:
Now that I understand this, I feel a little ashamed
it right, she gets it
that I ‘punished’ my horse for my own failings. I
right and I get the
had a very long way to go as a rider before
result I want.
discovering that there is no place for anger in
want more she gives
dressage riding (or any riding for that matter) but
it me, but only if I ask
particularly dressage because you are asking your
horse to work in harmony with you, to do difficult
out of 10 if I don’t get
moves that are demanding and complex.
what I am asking for,
it’s because I haven’t Are you sure that your side of the deal is being
listening to my horse’s feedback has made us a
Are you sure that you are absolutely
perfect in your execution of your aids? If you are,
Stripping back my ego and
much improved partnership
that’s great, give your horse that extra tap of the whip when he isn’t giving as much as you. For me
As for reward, your horse can be rewarded with as
and for 99.9% of grassroots riders the answer to
little as a touch, a give with the rein, a kind word in
these questions would be no, because when I get
a low voice, a walk on a long rein, a gentle pat on the neck. Not a lot to ask for is it?
Then there are those horses that are labelled “difficult” or “lazy”. This is always the result of a breakdown
rider/handler and horse. The horse will sometimes resort to becoming awkward by shutting down to all the outside stimuli that are causing his confusion. I have witnessed this many times when starting young horses; they get a little overloaded with information, they ‘shut down’, giving off signals
Published on Oct 1, 2015
This month In the Stirrups brings the action from the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2015, including interviews with Jonelle Price, Lainey...