Category Archives: In the Saddle

Perfecting Training Level Test 1

 

Show season is here, and many of you may be planning on competing in dressage shows. Over the next weeks, I will be giving you a run-through of the 14 movements in the 2011 Training Level Test 1 USDF test. This run-through will not only help with the one test at hand,...

The Canter Departure

I remember the first time I asked my horse to canter.  I did everything to make the transition happen…I leaned forward, kicked, kicked, kicked, and kicked some more.  I let the reins go, I bounced in my seat and used my voice asking my horse to move forward.  And then it happened…the canter.  The euphoric...

Stop Your Horse Using Only Your Seat!

A beginner rider learns to move a horse forward by kicking him and pulling on the reins to stop the horse.  As your progress with your riding skills, your horse will need to learn to stop off your seat and not off your hands. You will be signaling for a stop using the following technique in order: While...

Riding The Circle

It can be said that circles are the easiest and the most difficult shape to ride correctly. Equitation patterns always include circles or part of a circle in conjunction with other exercises, so it’s a smart choice to learn how to ride a circle correctly. Please note, that when a horse moves in a circle he bends his...

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