Jane Savoie's Blog – April 2010 Archive (3)

9 Tips for the Warm-Up Ring

Hi Guys,

With show season right around the corner, I thought I should go over some tips to help you in the warm-up ring. So many riders are confused about how to warm-up their horses so they can have a productive schooling session. So here are 9 tips to help you with your warm-ups.

As a rider and trainer, your goal in the warm-up is to take the restrictions away from your dressage horse's body. So depending on the day, your warm-up could be as short as 10 minutes, or it…


Added by Jane Savoie on April 23, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Correctly Bend Your Horse in Lateral Work

Hi Guys,

In order for your lateral work such as shoulder-in, haunches-in, and half passes to be effective as collecting exercises, your horse must BEND.

Think of the following equation. Bend+Sideways=Engagement. (Engagement means the bending of joints. As your horse bends his hind legs, his croup lowers, and his forehand goes up--kinda like a seesaw or an airplane taking off.)

So here are some quick tips to help you determine if you're bending your horse…


Added by Jane Savoie on April 9, 2010 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

What Should I Do When I Run into Resistance?

You've carefully laid out a systematic, progressive schooling program for your horse. Yet every time you add new work, you run into a certain amount of resistance.

Don't panic. Understand that when you raise the bar, it's inevitable that you're going to encounter resistance. It's a normal part of training. Don't be afraid of it. Just work through it in baby steps.

Have a checklist…


Added by Jane Savoie on April 2, 2010 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

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