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…

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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…

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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…

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

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