11-18-2008, 09:58 PM
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If you are looking for dressage exercises then hop on the net and look up dressage tests. Some of the movements included in training or first level are extremely beneficial to developing straightness and can be modified to help with developing other skills even in higher level horses.
Keep up with your transitions, these are the most important thing you will ever learn to do in dressage so learn them and practice them all the time. You can start working on transitions within the gait by lengthening and shortening the stride. Another good exercise for rider strength is the "waltzing" trot. It is like changing your posting diagonal by rising two, then sit one, rise two, sit one, etc. You can also practice sitting either 2 or 4 going the same way around the ring and work on counter flexions on the "wrong" diagonal, and then correct flexions on the correct diagonal. This will help with balance for both you and the horse. Also work on a lot of straight lines going straight from back to front and doing transitions on straight lines with no walls to keep you upright. Serpentines and circles will also help you fine tune your bending aids by focusing on the exact line you want to ride. I would hold off on the more advanced bending and lateral movements (haunches in/out, shoulder in, traver and renvers) until the leg yield and 10m voltes have been perfected.