Jane Savoie's Blog – May 2009 Archive (5)

When Can I Introduce New Work: Part 1

Riders often ask me, "How do I know it's the right time to start training something a bit harder?"

This is a big topic so I'm going to cover it over two blogs. In this blog, I'll give you a way to come up with a logical plan for introducing new work at Training Level. Next week, I'll show you to plan to move up to Second and Third Level. I'll also show you how you can use feedback from competition to help you decide whether or not you're ready to move up.

First, I…


Added by Jane Savoie on May 29, 2009 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Unlock Your Elbows While Riding

Hi Guys,

I received an email from a rider who said, "Can you help me with a problem I have with "locked elbows"? It is a bad habit that I've been trying to break forever. Any tips or visualizations would be really great!"

So, here we go:

In general, elastic elbows allow for movement. In the walk and canter, your elbows need to open and close to allow for the movement of your horse's head and neck. In the rising trot, your horse's head and neck is still, but…


Added by Jane Savoie on May 22, 2009 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Riding the Spooky Horse

I know that riding a spooky horse can be challenging and frustrating so here are some tips to help you understand why your horse spooks and to give you some tools to help cope with shying.

*You might be more patient with your spooky horse when you understand that horses have survived in the wild all these years because of their natural flight response. So, when you think your horse is being unreasonable because he's shying from something that seems benign, change your…


Added by Jane Savoie on May 15, 2009 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

7 Steps to Help You Conquer Horse Show Nerves

The following blog was inspired by a rider who told me, "I have a wonderful, talented thoroughbred. We can do Second and Third level work at home, yet when we compete, we can barely get through a First Level test. The missing link seems to be relaxation. My horse is off the track, and we seem to feed off each other's tension. How does a normally tense person learn to relax?"

This rider is right in thinking that relaxation is her priority. When you're tense, your work can't…


Added by Jane Savoie on May 8, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Half Halt - How to get your horse on the bit

Hi Guys,

No matter where I travel, the most frequently asked questions I get are, "How do I put my horse on the bit...and how do I keep him there consistently?" This concept baffles many riders. My hope here is to simplify the process for you with the following information.

First, you need to know that there is a SPECIFIC AID to put your horse on the bit just like there is a specific aid to ask for canter or for a leg yield. That aid is a half halt. (Don't groan...I can…


Added by Jane Savoie on May 1, 2009 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

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