Horses need consistency in their training and we need to be logic and accurate and as riders we need to be very accurate to reach this consistency in dressage. It is extremely important to focus on where we're riding in the arena. When you are schooling you need to stick to your line, wether it's an accurately sized circle or the correct line across the diagonal. Then your horse will learn to understand what's being asked of him. If you want to focus on riding accurately, the following exercize may be useful:
Exercises 1 - CORNERS. Make sure your corners are really accurate by riding as deep as you can into the corner. If your horse starts to fall in, try halting, then allowing him to turn around the corner, almost as a quarte pirouette. Repeat this until your horse is remaining deep into each corner.
Exercise 2 - SERPENTINE. Ride a three, four or even five-loop serpentine, making sure you know exactly at which points you want to hit the track. Ensure you ask for a change of flexion each time you cross the centre line.
Horses need consistency in their training
NewsStaff Il Paretaio 2016-03-28