13 Dressage Training Tips

13 Dressage Training Tips From the Experts

Whether you’re just getting started with dressage or are a veteran dressage competitor, these 14 dressage training tips from the experts will help every rider improve their horse’s performance.

  1. Always Have a Plan

While you may be working against a deadline, your horse will not be. Never head to the barn with thoughts of how little time you have, go in with a plan of action and get to work.

  1. Corrections for Shoulder-In Neck Bending

Many horses show too much bend in the neck during the shoulder-in, so try this correction: as you come around a corner, lead your horse to believe that he is going onto the diagonal, but have him do the shoulder-in down the long side instead.

  1. Control Your Body

This may seem obvious, but you cannot expect your horse to control his body if you are not able to control yours. You must have full control of your body in order to ride well and your horse will respond in kind.

  1. The Horse’s Centre of Gravity

The closer you are to the horse’s center of gravity, the better the experience and performance will be. The more you step into your inside stirrup, the closer you will be to the horse’s center of gravity.

  1. Lengthening the Horse’s Trot

Your horse’s trot should be lengthened and bigger than usual, but this isn’t a natural action for your horse. As such, drive forward in a more constant connection and this will make the rib cage feel looser.

  1. Know Your Horse Well

If your horse is tired, you will de-motivate him to work hard – which will only leave you with less time for the online slots Canada offers. Feel what he is feeling and get to know his personality.

  1. Create a Foundation

A solid foundation is incredibly important as it creates a calm and open mind in your horse, which allows you both to tackle the harder tasks later on.

  1. Adjusting the Rider’s Seat

Your seat should be straight for the collected trot, a little further back for the passage, and a little bit forward and lighter for the piaffe. None of these are extreme changes so be sure to master these simple movements.

  1. Head Fidgets

If your horse is prone to fidgeting with his head, it’s important that you don’t pull or react in any way. Your horse is trying to tell you something – are his muscles sore? Keep your hands low and ask for a bit more bend in order to stretch out the soreness in his muscles, but never lose rhythm.

  1. Dealing with Distraction

If your horse starts pulling and becomes strong, it’s important that you send him forward to get him connected again – do a 10-metre circle.

  1. Steadying Your Hands

Your hands must be steady and strong at all times. This is achieved by forming a bridge with the reins by holding both of them in both hands.

  1. The Carry Through

If your horse’s head is bobbing up and down at the poll, he is not carrying himself well. However, you must have incredibly quiet hands in order to correct this and continue to push him forward.

  1. Motivating the Horse

Your horse may not be motivated to go forward and you should correct this by being quieter with your hands and trying for more energy without shortening the horse’s neck. You should be able to ride without hands, as this is simply an aid.

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