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

4 Tips On Breathing To Help You Relax When Riding Your Horse

The simplest, quickest, way to find relaxation on your horse is to BREATHE. Here are 4 quick tips to help you with your breathing.

Now, I know you're breathing or you wouldn't be reading this! But are you breathing in a way that promotes relaxation?

1. Let's find out. First, let's dissect what you do when you inhale. Stand up. Take in a really deep breath. Did your shoulders go up? If they did, you’re just breathing in your upper chest. And there's always tension…


Added by Jane Savoie on September 25, 2009 at 10:00am — 5 Comments

4 Tips for Riding a Great Dressage Test

When it comes to riding a polished dressage test, preparation is the key to success. So I want give you some competition tips to help you have the best experience possible.

Before I get started with the actual tests, I want to just talk in general about riding dressage tests because there’s a lot of things that they all have in common.


The first thing is that you need to know your test. I mean REALLY know it. Even though…


Added by Jane Savoie on September 18, 2009 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Sit in the Direction of Movement in Half Pass

Many riders lean to the outside in half pass because they use too much outside leg to push their horses sideways. Use your outside leg mainly to help bend your horse around your inside leg and secondarily to ask him to go sideways.

Keep in mind that the predominant aids in half pass need to be inside leg and outside rein…not outside leg pushing sideways and inside hand pulling the neck around in a fake a bend.

Here are 3 quick tips to help you sit in the direction…


Added by Jane Savoie on September 11, 2009 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Sit Up Straight on Your Dressage Horse

Horseback riding is all about balance for both you and your dressage horse. To ride in good balance, be sure to keep a good plumb line with your shoulders directly over your hips and over your heels.

In this post, I'll give you two quick tips to help you sit up straight and in balance.

1. Many riders lean behind the vertical (especially in trot extensions!) because they think they're driving their dressage horses more forward.

The problem with leaning…


Added by Jane Savoie on September 4, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

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