Monday, August 11, 2014

Dressage. Walk. Half halt on outside rein with new horse. Adding shoul...

"How to connect a horse with even more... half halts on the outside rein and leg combined with a shoulder fore/shoulder in"

The horse and rider in this video, Susan and her new horse, Darrien are now competing in Prix St. George. Those who have been watching his process will notice his body is slowly filling out and that he is not rooting as much on the reins. When we started focusing more on what he is doing with his shoulders for the lateral work we found that he was doing some strange things, so we decided to focus more on the basics.  What a surprise!  As you can see in this video, it is like he does not know how to do a shoulder in!  His feet are going all over the place and is gets upset mentally. It is time to take Darrien back to the basics to make sure he is comfortable.  To do this, we start by making sure he is stepping up to the outside rein connection from his outside leg.  You will be able to see what is happening on this video.  Next, we use that connection to bring his shoulder over.  It should not take long before Darrien is able to do this correctly.  Most horses do not react this way, yet, it is good for everyone to see what can happen and what they can do to help the horse find a new way.

Could this type of training make a difference for your horse?  Even if you are not competing?  What do you see happening?