Jane Savoie's Blog – August 2009 Archive (4)

How To Make Your Lazy Horse More Energetic

Are you sick and tired of doing all the work while your lazy horse plods along without energy? Remember that a horse can feel a fly on his side, so logically there’s no reason for him to be dull to your legs.

Here are the steps to put the lazy horse in front of your legs:

1. Give a light leg aid

2. No response, half-hearted response, or delayed response

3. Correct him by sending him forward


5. 100% response (99.9% isn't good…


Added by Jane Savoie on August 28, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

3 Tips For The Correct Length and Height of Your Horse's Neck

Lots of you tell me you're confused about the correct length and height of your horse's neck so I thought I'd address that in this article.

Neck too high: The height of the neck is determined by the degree of engagement of the hindquarters. So, the height of the neck changes as you go up through the levels and your horse becomes more collected.

Always keep in mind, however, that if you ride with the neck too high and short and the angle of the throatlatch too…


Added by Jane Savoie on August 21, 2009 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Why are the Lateral Movements in Dressage like Leg Yields and Shoulder-in Easier in One Direction?

Since very few horses, are ambidextrous, it's inevitable that the lateral dressage movements like leg yields, shoulder-in, haunches-in, renvers, and half passes will be easier in one direction than the other.

Your goal for lateral movements in dressage (and everything else you do with your dressage horse!) is to strengthen his weaker hind leg, make his stiff side more "bendable", and his hollow side less "soft".

So, for now, let's just talk about making the weak…


Added by Jane Savoie on August 15, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Use Visualization When Riding Your Training Level Dressage Horse

Here's a fun training tip that uses visualization to help you ride your Training Level Dressage horse better. I call it RIDES WITH FRUIT.

I'm sure you remember Kevin Costner's movie, Dances with Wolves. Well, I call this training tip, Rides with Fruit. I thought it was appropriate since it's summer, and many of us start to eat more fruits and vegetables.

So let's use visualization and bring some fruity images to your dressage horse! When you're on a circle, your…


Added by Jane Savoie on August 7, 2009 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

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