Jane Savoie's Blog – December 2010 Archive (2)

How to Supple Your Dressage Horse's Shoulders

Do you ever feel like your dressage horse's shoulders are so stiff and stuck that not only is it hard to turn him, but his hindquarters are disconnected from his front end?

If your horse’s shoulders are stuck, it’s like having a kink in a water hose. The energy can’t flow from behind, over the back, into your…


Added by Jane Savoie on December 31, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Are you making these mistakes when your dressage horse shies?

I've dealt with a lot of spooky dressage horses, and I find that often shying gets worse because riders do one or all of the following things.

1. Hit or kick him to make him obedient.

2. Make him walk straight up to scary object and face it straight on.

3. Forget to go around your ring in both directions.

4. Force him to go close to the scary object.

5. Patting and soothing him while he’s shying.

Let's understand the nature of…


Added by Jane Savoie on December 11, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

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