Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Retraining a schoolmaster. Trots. Leg yield to stay on the outside aids...

"You want me to do what?  Retraining a schoolmaster to understand how to stay on the outside rein and leg. Back to the basics.

Susan has brought Darrien a long way in his retraining. They do very well in the show ring competing in Prix St George and Intermediate 1, yet.... we are still working on the basics.  Darrien does not understand how to stay connected on the outside rein and leg like a horse of his level should.  In this session we add more of the leg yield feeling so that Susan can keep his shoulder and back up as Darrien stays connected.  As you will see, this is a work in process.  Now you can see what might be happening as you ask your horse to stay connected between your leg and rein aids at the trot.

Do you think it is easier to retrain an older horse or teach the basics to a younger horse?