Re-Teaching Dressage to an 18yr old Ex Jumper?

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Re-Teaching Dressage to an 18yr old Ex Jumper?

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    09-28-2011, 04:33 PM
Re-Teaching Dressage to an 18yr old Ex Jumper?

Hey! I'm getting my old horse back in like, a week. He's been a Jumper for the past 5 yrs, but before that he was an Eventer and did a lot of Dressage outside of eventing. I've decided to retire him from jumping, but I figured maybe I can re-train him to do some lower level dressage?

He has no problems other than getting a little stiff, but with stretches and lots of walking he works out of it.

Do you think this is possible? He hasn't done it in awhile, but I figured lower level dressage would be better on his age anyways.

Any tips would be SUPER.
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    10-06-2011, 03:42 PM
It would be good for him to do correct dressage and build muscle. I do low-level dressage with my senior and I know that it helps her a lot with some of her geratric issues. He will probably remember a lot more than you think once you get him going, so just make sure you don't push too much. Have fun with him! =)
    10-06-2011, 05:26 PM
Ok well I got him back, and he is very high with his head. I am having trouble getting him to supple up. Any suggestions?
    10-06-2011, 05:28 PM
Start over from basics again, bending, stretching, transitions, circles, spirals in and out and serpentines. That should get you started.

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