Dressage Horse Training: Filling in Gaps

Hello Everyone,

I am putting myself out there as a professional speaker and part of the process is gathering together all the “stuff.” So, I found myself flipping through my book, “Out of the Saddle: 9 Steps to Improve your Horseback Riding” I stopped at Step 8 and reviewed chair flying. I realize that posting in this blog and making my YouTube educational excerpts is a key part of my learning process. Teaching is a great tool to learn new information.

I have connected with a new instructor who is helping me add another layer to my dressage journey with Ava and Donzer. It’s always interesting how these aha moments are not necessarily new but a fresh approach or added piece to what you already know.

In my book, Step Three, I talk about how the horse will mirror the rider. I discuss how your arms and legs connect with corresponding parts of the horse. Now, I’m learning how my core connects with the horse’s core more specifically. Here are a few examples…hopefully you already know this but if you don’t, well, it’s already changed my connection.

To create bend: Drop your outside elbow down. For me what I feel is my trapezius muscles push my collarbone down, my latissimus dorsi muscle pulls my armpit down and my oblique muscle firms up the outside of my body. This has helped both my shoulder in and 10 meter circles.

I have been doing a lot of work at the walk and when I really get Donzer and Ava paying attention, it feels like I can do my serpentines changing my bend almost by switching the engagement of my oblique muscles from side to side.

What I’m liking about this work at the walk is you cannot make anything worse. It is okay to play and your horse will tell you if you’re making sense (or irritating them).

Good luck and Have Fun,

Tara 🙂

Author, Out of the Saddle: 9 Steps to Improve your Horseback Riding

Share on Facebook
Be Sociable, Share!