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post #1 of 6 Old 07-07-2013, 03:32 AM Thread Starter
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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.
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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
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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!
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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?
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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.
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