I have a 5 year old Friesian x Percheron that I am starting in dressage. He has an amazing natural walk and trot so that doesn’t need a lot of work, but his canter is a bit of a disaster. He has a long flat stride and rocking him back on his haunches in this gait is very difficult for him, he keeps breaking into the trot. He also doesn’t have a lot of stamina for it, which we are working on at this point in time. I was wondering what exercises would help start his canter properly and strengthen those muscles?
This is my horse Sully who is a 13 year old TB/Paint cross. We mainly do the hunters but have been taking some basic dressage lessons to improve our riding. Can you tell me what you think about his potential or how he looks now? His mouth always gapes.. no matter what bit is being used. Any suggestions on how to fix that? I know I need to sit back more.. I’ve been working hard on “using my seat more”. Thanks so much!!!
This is me and my eventing pony Merry. Merry is my 12 year old, 14.3 hand, Connemara. It has taken me four years to get Merry to where she is now, and we are planning on trying for second level dressage this year, and training level in eventing! Dressage has always been difficult and i could use any and all help, any tips or pointers in how to improve my dressage? Any tips on how to improve my halts and get Merry to stand square?
Here is Fritz and I riding Training Level 1 at Lighten Up Dressage. We won this class with a 67.708%…the highest score I have ever recorded with Fritz! It was quite surprising, since I was totally winging it the first half of my test. I forgot it right after I saluted and didn’t have a caller, so I was just throwing circles together, and luckily, they ended up being right!
Anyways, the judge really liked Fritz. She said she wanted to take him home. I also had a very serious trade offer. Never had that before. But Fritzy isn’t going anywhere
Anyway, please judge and enjoy!
This is my newer hose Ladder. He is only 5 and I am still training him. He really does learn fast! As of now we are just really working on walk/trot. I am doing some cantering, but I really want to get the basics with trotting before we move on to cantering. I look kinda small on him because he is about 18HH and I am 5’5. :). I do have a bad shoulder so I can not put it back all the way back (right shoulder) please critique my riding. These pictures where just taken today.
Jake has just come back into work (about 3 weeks ago) after his sesamoid injury and has been very sound, and seems to have a clearer head as a bonus. I managed to scrape him together in time for state championships which we had qualified for previously, and he did a slightly unfocused first test (he hadn’t been out in a fair while) and a lovely second test. From these photos, what should I focus on working on? He’s been graded up now so he has more laterals as well as collected work, and I’ve got a great new teacher who has been really helpful in getting him to ‘sit’. Any advice would be great, thanks in advance
I am interested in doing some starter horse trials with my horse soon. We are capable of doing the jumping (I think!), but in order to do well in the dressage, I’d like him to be more round. I am very new to dressage, but I’ve picked up a few things from the place I work. I get to ride young/green horses who for the most part already know how to be (and stay) round, but I was wondering if someone could give me the best tips for teaching a horse who has never been asked to be round, to be round. The horse and I have primarily been hunter trained, so I honestly didn’t even know what being round was a year ago…
I know lunging with Vienna style reins could be a technique. Any others? Are there any specific lunging exercises I could do? Ground work?
Here is a video for reference. Bentley is a 9 year old TB gelding. This is not me riding, and unfortunately I can’t find videos of just flatting, so you’ll have to judge the best you can in between jumps
Thank you in advance!