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post #1 of 6 Old 12-04-2013, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Hellloooooo fellow dressage experts, hahah I feel quite stupid because up until yesterday, I always had regular w/t/c lessons, so just 'kick kick kick' and all that.
Yesterday I got moved up a group (Others were a tad more experienced but I didn't slow the lesson down), and the trainer is a dressage rider.one of the things she made us do this diagonals exercise (See attachment below), and I found it helped me as a rider, to use my body more, and get a more prompt canter.

Now I have a question, I always use the leg aids of, if I'm turning left, left leg on girth, right leg a bit behind, so the horse bends around my leg. In the exercise, we were aiming to get the horse to more by their 'hips', so if I wanted a left turn, I push with my left leg behind the girth so I'm pushing his hip away - if that makes sense.

So.. which to use when general riding?

Also: I LOVE DRESSAGE. Haha, I've only had a glimpse of what it is, and I really enjoy it, hopefully more so once I learn more.
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Once you learn to ride by squeezing your legs, closing with your reins and using your weight you can NEVER go back to the kicking throng...AGAIN!!

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Once you learn to ride by squeezing your legs, closing with your reins and using your weight you can NEVER go back to the kicking throng...AGAIN!!
Oh I hated kicking in the first place, not only did I feel bad for the horse who must have been fed up, but I got tired as well!

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Well, it really depends on what you want to do with your horse and how you want your horse trained. Ultimately though, you will find that in Dressage it is inside leg to outside rein- that is the base of how you control everything.

As for moving the hq, the idea behind that is to get the horse tracking it's inside hind up and under himself so that when they bend it is through the whole horse and not just moving their neck around. It's how you'll get their back and hind end up and engaging, really getting working and elastic and ultimately the horses movement will look ten times better than what you started with!

Hope this helps a little, I know there are many more that could explain it way better than I can!
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That's actually helped explain a couple of things to me, thank you :)

Hopefully continuing these lessons will help me as well.


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