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post #1 of 7 Old 06-29-2012, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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Need help with my leg aids!!

Hii all,
So I am starting to train my almost 4 yr old mare in dressage. She has had no 'eventing' training whatsoever, so she is not very responsive to my leg aids and doesn't collect properly. Do you have any tips to help me with implimenting my aids??
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-29-2012, 09:38 AM
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I'm confused about the reference to eventing if you're training in dressage...or do you mean to train her in eventing later?

She needs to be able to understand moving away from pressure. If she's just gettin started she isn't likely going to go into a correct frame for a loooong time. Your aids have to be clear and consistent. A trainer or at least an experienced eye on the ground is a good idea.
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No I am training her for dressage but what I mean by 'eventing' is that she has had no experience in english riding. I have actually contacted a dressage coach about lessons but thankyouu for the help :)
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So what you're saying is you use leg and she goes faster instead of executes a movement like a leg yield or a sidepass a change of direction?

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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well, since you have a coach coming, she/he will help you with that, for sure.
four is very young , so your mare may not yet understand the leg well. perhaps you can be more specific about what's going on for you two.
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With a 4 year old, you have to be very consistent and break everything down into simple steps. Once your dressage instructor teaches you how to properly cue her, just be careful to continue to cue her the same way when you are schooling between lessons. Take advantage of the fact that you are new to dressage to train both you and your horse consistently. Just take it slow until both you and your horse are on the same page about your cues. If you find her getting frustrated about something, take a step back and give her a mental break. The last thing you want to do is drill the same thing into a young horse. Keep it fresh and interesting for her. Dressage is fun and very addictive. I'm sure you'll love it!

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Ground Training

Have you done much ground training with her? This is a good way to introduce 'leg' pressure (by actually using a light touch on her side where your leg would be if you were riding) and then guiding her movements away from your touch.

I work with any horse to make sure they can do a basic turn on the forehand in ground training and also use this as a reminder before I mount, if needed.

I just got 'Storey's Guide to training horses' out of the library and found that it actually had very good tips.

Best of Luck!
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