In this 16th issue you will learn an exercise that will help build your connection to your horse before you ride, some hints for riding in the hackamore, suggestions for using obstacles to build refinement and more about Dressage. Brimming with high-quality instruction this video is like having some of the most talented horsemen today hold a private clinic for you and your horses.
Table of Contents:
• Lessons with Ellen Eckstein Part 3 Katie and Willowby
If you have ever wondered what an instructor is looking for and wanting out of a horse and rider this is a wonderful opportunity to be in the mind of instructor Ellen Eckstein as she narrates a lesson with one of her students. In this third part of our series we are watching Katie and Willowby a 10-year-old Pre-Saint George level Hanovarian (Hanno-varian). Watch how the foundational exercises demonstrated in the first two segments with Ellen build to a higher level of performance from the warm up trot to the canter pirouettes.
• Dressage Geometry with Jim Hicks
If you were going to spend your life savings building a house, JIm Hicks points out that of course you would start with a solid foundation. With this in mind Jim introduces us to some basic Dressage terminology and geometry, illustrating movements with a variety of horses and riders from young to advanced. Jim discusses the qualities of each pair and points out what are desirable and undesireable aspects.
• Hackamore Exercises with Martin Black
Martin Black demonstrates on a green horse some exercises for riding in a hackamore. Martin outlines why he likes riding in this traditional piece of equipment and points out some of the challenges as well as the benefits. The horse he is riding has had some time off, so we get to watch as Martin works through some issues to get his horse soft and with him.
• Basic Maneuvers with Paul Dietz
Paul Dietz has 6 basic maneuvers that he is constantly working on; forward and backward; moving the hindquarters right and left and moving the front quarters right and left. In this segment Paul shows how you can use landmarks, natural or man made to give you a framework in which to move your horse. Helpful for any level of horse and rider interested in developing refinement.
• Over the Horn Exercise with Bryan Neubert
We hear all the time about the little things that make a big difference. Today Bryan Neubert demonstrates one such exercise, using the halter rope and the saddle horn to show a horse how to bend, and have it connect all the way down to his feet before you get on. Bryan notes that after he started having his colt starting students do this with all their colts they all found much better success and were able to help their horses if they got in trouble.