Exercises for a Dressage Horse?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > English Riding > Dressage

Exercises for a Dressage Horse?

This is a discussion on Exercises for a Dressage Horse? within the Dressage forums, part of the English Riding category
  • Good dressage exercises
  • Dressage engaging the hock

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-07-2013, 04:32 AM
  #1
Weanling
Exercises for a Dressage Horse?

Since I'm visiting my dad over the summer I can't get to my horses, but when I return in late August I'm going to start practicing with my 6 year old for a dressage show. Nothing series, and I haven't even decided what class I'll do, probably some introductory level. Anyways, we have a few months to practice and I want to be prepared as possible, so do you guys have any good exercises for us to do that will really help him be responsive, supple, relaxed, and give him a little brain work? It can be for riding or groundwork. Please share! He's a very talented young horse and me and him could go far yet.
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    07-10-2013, 12:23 PM
  #2
Weanling
.

Anyone?
     
    07-11-2013, 04:45 AM
  #3
Foal
I find increasing and decreasing of circles really helpful - starting with 20m circle and slowly spiraling in to a 10m circle ( only down to a 15m in canter - 10m in sitting trot)and then spiraling out. It's great for flexing and engaging the hocks, while encouraging him to move off my leg. Changes of pace? Shortening the trot on the short side and lengthening it out on the long side- helps with control and relaxes him in the trot. Lots of long and loose work to encourage him to stretch down? Hope that helps :) leg yield and shoulder in is always great for lateral suppleness too
     
    07-11-2013, 06:06 AM
  #4
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kharma    
I find increasing and decreasing of circles really helpful - starting with 20m circle and slowly spiraling in to a 10m circle ( only down to a 15m in canter - 10m in sitting trot)and then spiraling out. It's great for flexing and engaging the hocks, while encouraging him to move off my leg. Changes of pace? Shortening the trot on the short side and lengthening it out on the long side- helps with control and relaxes him in the trot. Lots of long and loose work to encourage him to stretch down? Hope that helps :) leg yield and shoulder in is always great for lateral suppleness too
Thanks a lot! We have a dressage show in October so these tricks will really come in handy!
     
    07-11-2013, 08:19 AM
  #5
Foal
Same here, but my boy is just coming in after a hock injury. :) don't forget to do transitions and perfect your position in both downwards and upwards transitions. I've had lessons from some judges and that's a huge thing they notice - riders collapsing forwards in transitions. Ride without stirrups! Gosh it aches after a week but it makes a huge difference! What have you been doing on your boy?
     
    07-11-2013, 08:22 AM
  #6
Weanling
.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kharma    
Same here, but my boy is just coming in after a hock injury. :) don't forget to do transitions and perfect your position in both downwards and upwards transitions. I've had lessons from some judges and that's a huge thing they notice - riders collapsing forwards in transitions. Ride without stirrups! Gosh it aches after a week but it makes a huge difference! What have you been doing on your boy?
Haha, I'm lucky enough to have a horse with the smoothest gaits imaginable, so riding with out stirrups isn't a problem, thank god. I've just been working on getting him to keep his head still through transitions, because sometimes when I pick up the canter he tosses his head up somewhat high, then lowers it when I ask him to. It's not a really pretty sight, haha. I'm also not doing changes of pace and transitions as much as I should, but I'll start that up.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dressage Exercises harrypottergirl555 Dressage 6 03-13-2013 07:25 PM
Simple dressage exercises? Caitlinpalomino Dressage 12 01-31-2011 10:50 AM
Dressage exercises MaggiStar Dressage 11 06-01-2010 02:23 PM
Good Exercises for a Supple Dressage Horse Skippy! Dressage 15 06-07-2009 02:04 PM
Dressage Exercises Patagonia English Riding 4 11-18-2008 10:04 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:14 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0