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    04-02-2012, 02:34 PM
Can someone help me?

My coach sent these excersizes for me to do while riding, can you help me make more sense of them? Thanks!

At a walk do a 20m circle A and C (itís Ĺ the arena sized so you should be passing through*the middle)

Focus on being really ROUND.* Doní t cut corners imagine someone is watching from above and marking your ability to make a perfect circle (no ovals, no squares).


At a walk do a 10m circle at MEH and MBF (you should touch X [the middle of the arena] but donít go past it)

Focus on being really ROUND.* Donít cut corners imagine someone is watching from above and marking your ability to make a perfect circle (no ovals, no squares).


Practice going from walk to a halt

Focus on keeping him straight.* Donít let him go left or right with his butt when you stop. Push your leg on the side his butt is swinging out on.


At a trot do 20m circles at A and C

Focus on keeping the same pace and being ROUND. Donít let him walk and donít cut corners.


At a trot do 10m circles at MEH and MBF

Focus on keeping the same pace and being ROUND. Donít let him walk and donít cut corners.


Practice going from a trot to a halt.*

In English you go from a trot to a walk then to a halt.* He should only take a step or two at a walk before he halts.



Focus on trying to keep your behind in the saddle.* Your hips should be relaxed and moving like youíre in a swing.* Focus on not bouncing and keeping heels down.* Try and stay along the rail and not cutting corners.


When you become more comfortable in your canter do 20m circles at A and C


At a walk, (later a trot) change direction on the diagonal MXK or HXF (depending on the direction youíre going to start).*

Work on keeping him VERY straight off the rail.* He should turn right at the corner and you should almost ride right to the letter on the opposite side.* Focus on not being ahead or behind the letter when you get to the other side.


At a walk and trot imagine making a triangle by going from Corner to Middle to Corner (MXF or KXF)

Focus on turning straight at the corner and heading to the middle and at the middle turning straight to the wall.* Imagine your horseís nose needs to touch all the letters so stay that straight.
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    04-02-2012, 02:38 PM
I"m not sure what is it that you don't understand? If she is telling you to cross at certain markers in the arena, it sounds like there are dressage markers up and she is telling you to use those as your turning points.

I would ask her to run the exercises on your horse telling you what she is doing while she is doing it.
    04-02-2012, 03:21 PM
Green Broke
This is exactly the work I have Sarah do at home, it's dressage wording for working at maintaining pace and structure while riding.
If you aren't used to dressage just look up what an arena should look like. Looking at a it goes a k e h c m b f and x is in the middle. The outline is on any usef test.
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    04-02-2012, 04:13 PM
Thanks :)
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    04-02-2012, 04:23 PM
I have an unorthodox solution, but it takes your car and a big, empty parking lot. Try these exercises driving. Make your "walk", "trot" and your "canter" the same speed, under 5 mph. Practice starting smoothly and braking so that your car's front bumper doesn't dip at all. We who trailer a lot drive our rigs like this, too.
It think your coach wants you to feel the movements. Your horse can move sideways and spin, but your car MUST have forward momentum to move anywhere. Your horse should have forward momentum, too, but we call THAT impulsion. You can easily translate the feeling to your riding.
    04-02-2012, 04:29 PM
Bella...don't feel bad, I had NO clue what she was talking about either! LOL
    04-02-2012, 04:32 PM
Hahahah...I know the dressage arena but it's like JGVVABZNSHSHJSSNVSMALS whaaaat?
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    04-02-2012, 05:05 PM
Bottom line - if you can't understand your coach - it's time to talk to her or get a new coach. If you can't understand or she can't express herself so that you can understand, you are throwing your money away.
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    04-03-2012, 12:58 PM
Originally Posted by WesternBella    
hahahah...I know the dressage arena but it's like JGVVABZNSHSHJSSNVSMALS whaaaat?
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haha when I changed from western to dressage when I was younger I did the same thing I was like "oh mah gawd so many letterrrss!!!" what I did to help myself memorize dressage tests (and also your training exercises) is to make a scaled version of the arena in your yard, letters and all or go into the arena without your horse (just try and stay out of other peoples way if your in the arena) now move through your exercises on foot focusing on the letters, the key to remembering gaits is to actually mimic the gaits as you go through the exercises (if you played horses as a kid you should know how to do the lope ) it'll look really silly but it gives you time to understand how to navigate around the arena using the letters without having to concentrate on getting your horse to move correctly hope this helps! Best of luck!

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