CONFORMATION AND THE DRESSAGE HORSE

  Over 50% of Dressage Horses that I see ARE NOT suitable for the purpose”   CONFORMATION INDUCED MISBEHAVIOR     Have you ever wondered if getting into fights with your Horse on the flat, that your Friend is most likely attempting to communicate the fact that it just can’t do the work?   events every day of the year around this Country…..and they call them ‘naughty horses’   In Australia, conformation is largely the last thing that people look at when buying a Horse whereas in Europe, it is one of the first. I guess that’s what sets us […]

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Collection in the Horse and how to attain it

Linda O'Leary DVD's

    A horse is in true collection when it is able to transfer it’s weight sufficiently to it’s hind quarters whilst staying in balance and self carriage. This enables the horse to increase the flexion of his hind legs and lift his neck. The higher the poll whilst remaining round and over the back ,the more degree of collection is achieved. The rider will feel like the horses shoulders lift as the horse ‘sits’ ,creating a soft connection in the rein whereby the rider can give away the reins completely and the horse remains in a frame, otherwise known […]

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On the Bit

        FOR LEARNER RIDERS’         As you go through your time in the Horse World, you will most likely hear people talking about a term called “ABOVE THE BIT”  Without getting technical which is what a lot of people do, I will attempt to simply explain it. Look at these Pics…….     It basically means that the horse is going around with it’s head in a normal head carriage as seen when running around the paddock rather than as you see the good horses carrying themselves in competition or the photo’s in the […]

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THE HALF HALT

What is a half halt? It is the aids a rider uses to communicate with their horse. It is used to prepare a horse for a transition, or a change in direction. It is used to engage the hind legs. It is used to balance a horse. It is used to control tempo. The half halt is a tool that enhances the effectiveness of the rider. Makes the horse more responsive and concentrated on what is being asked of it. What are the aids? To ride a correct half halt there are a sequence of commands given by the rider […]

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ENGAGEMENT

Engagement This is when a horse uses their hind legs with activity. The horse pushes its movement forward by bending its joints more in the hind legs. This has the effect of the horse shifting its centre of balance to more underneath it self thus lifting the forehand and the lowering of its haunches. The horse will appear more uphill. This will free the horses’ shoulders and allow it to move with ‘freer’ paces. The horse will have more expression as a result in its movement. The horse goes forward with purpose! How do we achieve it? Firstly we need […]

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STRAIGHTNESS

Straightness is when the horse travels on a designated line with its hind legs in line with its front legs. That means on straight lines and on curved lines.  In order for a horse to be in balance it needs to have the hind legs directly in the foot falls of the front legs. If a horse is stiff, which becomes obvious on a circle line, it will swing the hind legs either to the inside or outside of that circle. Without suppleness, straightness on circles is not achievable. Hence on the German Training Scale straightness comes after relaxation and […]

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SUPPLENESS

    The tough issues  Suppleness is the ability for the horse to be able to bend its’ lateral and longitudinal muscles. If a horse is supple it is flexible and gymnastically strong, enabling him to swing in his back. This allows the horse to travel free of tension with cadence in the movement. There are two muscle groups which need to be developed. The lateral muscles allow the horse to bend from side to side. These are responsible for the amount of bend a horse can give through the body and neck and flexion. If a horse is supple, […]

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Over the back

  Instructional, Sports Training the Dressage Horse to work ‘over the back’. Ridden twice only, by Linda O’Leary from horseproblems.com.au/, this Video shows You how to correctly train the Dressage Horse to ensure the building of correct Muscle and to protect the Veterinary going forward. Read more about Linda here – horseproblems.com.au/about-mrs-horseproblems/     https://www.horseproblems.com.au/Horse%20Coaching%20Online.htm

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