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Equestrian Inspirer
Pole exercise
I was looking for inspiration for my pole exercises yesterday, since I don't know a lot yet and I like to switch it up and try some things (with my dressage horse😜) I really loved this exercise, it was very versatile and really had us both thinking. It was possible to ride some diagonals, switch up the places of the circles and try some circling in combination with flying changes. I put 10m between each pole and that was ideal for us for 4 canter strides :) I also added some cavalletti blocks to challenge us a bit more. I think it is very versatile for all levels and great for working on bending, suppleness and also straightness. I absolutelt loved it!❤️
Rising Star
Focus and Stability🏇🏼
In this exercise it is important to have focus and stability. Find a straight line from the first to the last obstacle. On the long sides, it is important to find a straight path in the middle of each fence, even though the fences are twisted. On the diagonal, you don't have to think about getting in the middle of each fence. Here you should focus on finding a straight path. Good luck and have fun!🤍
Rising Star
Invisible Lines🤍
In this exercise we practice position and procession. Find a straight path into the line and a straight path out. Good luck! 🤍
PS Squad
Training the outside shoulder of the horse
This is a exercise ‘turn on front shoulder’ to train the front of your horse. In this exercise you turn the bottom of your horse to the other side while keeping the front (shoulder) in a small circle (1-2 meters). Purpose of the exercise is controlling the outside shoulder and stretching the body, getting the horse to put te weight on the backleg.
Caitlin Allen
PS Squad
Shallow loops to introduce & learn counter canter
Counter canter can be tricky for both horse and rider when introducing it. You might get a lead change or go back down to trot. Shallow loops have been a super helpful start for me and any horse I ride who isn’t familiar with asking for a counter canter. You’ll need to develop a balanced and rhythmic canter, half halt as you start the loop, and keep your outside leg on to keep the correct lead. If you break into trot or flip a lead, don’t fret and try again :) Its helpful to think of it as riding to X from a corner and then leg yielding back
PS Squad
Get out of the sandbox!
I think a very important education of a young horse is to get a lot of variety in the work and education. When I read through the forum, there is a lot of focus on arena training and pole training. And quite honestly as a dressage rider with a lot of work with young horses and their education, I get a little frustrated when I read it. In my optics it is extremely important that the young horse gets a lot of variety in its training, not only in the arena but with variation in both environment and surface for the training. There are two elements I want to emphasize on and the first one is variation on surface, because 90% of tendon injuries come from the same repetitive training on the same surface up to 7 days a week. Tendons can't withstand this, and two neither can the horses spirit. All too often you see burnt out young horses, with no sparkle in they spririt and with bad ulcers. Get out into nature! If the horse cannot be ridden, due to traffic safety, then take a hand walk. I try my best to walk the horses once a week in varied vegetation to challenge the horse's motor skills, balance and to challenge their comfort zone. And they love it!!! Mother nature offers free obstacles like fallen trees, hills, creeks and much more. There is nothing like a walk outside that can re-motivate both rider and horse. And not to mention, it's really good exercise for the rider as well to walk with the horse and you connect with your best friend at another level, looking and smelling at flowers together 😍
Equestrian Inspirer
Horses are heard animals and their mental health is effected if you don’t socialize them. Let them play and have fun time to time. If you think that your horse will be good at competitions and will be “well behaved” while you only take your horse out of their stall to ride them you must be insane. There is no good reason to say that you can’t turn them out to a paddock other than health issues and the weather conditions.
PS Squad
It happens regularly that we are facing to a lack of time while arriving to the barn. During any period of reduced exercise due to weather or time constraints, I realized I can accomplish a great deal in 25 minutes with one of the following walk routines of Jec A Balou. 1/ speed changes : Ride various figures in the arena while changing the speed of your walk. Aim for four distinct speeds (super slow, slow, medium and fast), and spend 20 strides at each speed. Repeat. 2/Cornerstones transitions : Ride transitions to the halt every 10 strides. At every other halt transition, ask the horse to back up six to 10 steps, then carry on. 3/Wavy lines: Ride a “scalloped” edge around the track of your arena. Maintaining a brisk, lively walk tempo, ride a wavy serpentine with approximately 3-meter loops back and forth from left to right, and so on.When performed consistently (four to five days per week), purposeful walking routines can have a surprisingly beneficial impact on the horse’s body. Although it’s not as outwardly visible, their value is much greater than inactivity.