Hi I'm starting to try to teach my horse some basic dressage, and I've been seeing that shoulder in is one of the most basic exercises, was wondering hoe you do it
Yes and those are the reasons I was suggesting teaching it before moving onto lateral exercises. Just calling it a lateral exercise is incorrectAnabel, although leg yield is not a lateral movement as such, I always teach it before starting lateral work such as shoulder in, for the above reason (Myboypuck)- it teaches a horse to understand basic lateral cues. Through leg yield you are able to manipulate the shoulders and hindquarters. When teaching half pass I will often set out a series of cones down the centre line and go from leg yield-half pass-leg yield in a zig zag pattern between them.
You know that half pass is travers, right?When teaching half pass - when the horse has established travers and shoulder in. Then I'll do my zig zags from leg yield, from the leg yield I'll go travers for a few steps then ask for the shoulders to come into a half pass, only a few steps then it's back to leg yield again.
You ride on a straight diagonal line, like you would on the wall, and ask for travers. You are now riding half pass.anabel, not the hijack the thread, but to start half pass, what exactly is the cue to come off the rail while riding travers? Do you effectively just open the door so to speak to leave the rail?
The training scaleWOW. thats all i can say, haha, i'm JUST starting to learn dressage. I just finished this book a woman at my barn told me to read so i thought a little of it absorbed into my brain, but as it seems! I'm freakin clueless. somebody give me a dictionary! So what should i work on as of right now? the very beginnings haha
Yes I do, however I find travers much easier on the horse as it is able to follow the rail/track, giving it a line on where to go and thus finding it easier to keep straight. When starting half pass- as in going across the diagonal with no reference points - it's harder as the rider really has to have control of the shoulders and hindquarters to keep the movement straight, hence why you see so many beautifully performed travers down the long side, but then the same horse comes to half pass across the diagonal it's hindquarters are swinging everywhere :lol:You know that half pass is travers, right?
If you ride a travers on a diagonal line, then you are performing half pass!
Thats so crazy! Thats the book i was talking about i just getting finished with!"Cross Training Your Horse" by Jane Savoie (there are two books) are good for showing you the exercises as well as describing what each of them accomplish as far as strengthening and balancing your horse. I also personally love "Building a Better Athlete". The name of the author escapes me, but it has 20 exercises in it that really help you and your horse establish the beginnings of good communication.
Ha! So true. My boy seems to really enjoy himself doing dressage, what little of it I have learned so far. I have read a couple of other books you've suggested and loved them, so I think I'm going to try these two out. I think "Build a Better Athelete" is by Leslie Webb."Cross Training Your Horse" by Jane Savoie (there are two books) are good for showing you the exercises as well as describing what each of them accomplish as far as strengthening and balancing your horse. I also personally love "Building a Better Athlete". The name of the author escapes me, but it has 20 exercises in it that really help you and your horse establish the beginnings of good communication.
Warning - Dressage is very addictive. Once you see how it applies to every other aspect of riding, you'll find yourself trying to improve on everything every time you ride!