Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Have you ever watched the dressage at the paraolympics? Its that.
It is dressage but the levels are split depending on your disability. Essentialy when the judge is looking at the horse the training needs to be the same (same way of going, level of collection, latteral etc) but the judge does not judge the riders position etc only their effectiveness. And adaptions to tack are allowed if the Para Dressage physio agrees it is nessecary, So reins with loops in them, special saddles, special stirrups, breast plates, 2 schooling whips etc
Training wise it means I will have to be very careful what aids I teach him as his owner has a left leg that cannot be controlled. So I can't teach him any aids that use the left leg nor can I teach him to be overly sensative to the leg on that side.
The owner in question is in a bracket where they are allowed to use voice aids so I will be teaching him Voice aids.
The other problem I have is that getting him up between my hand and leg is something he will have to do with limited leg aids.
I'm not quite sure how I am going to teach him latteral work.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT