Young horse hoping to move to second level next summer.
- Don't waste time - work even during the walk break
- Turn on the forehand from walk (couldn't figure out why he wanted this)
- Keep hands closed into fist
- Turn the wrists for rein back - nothing with arms
- Small flexions in canter in/out
- Always stretch the young horse at the end of the day
4th level - stocky build
- half pass to centerline and then medium trot (to keep rhythm in half pass)
- was breaking to canter during medium trot across the diagonal - began halting at each short side and at x with medium trot in between. Makes the horse listen to you and keep their shoulders up through lengthening.
- Rider was gripping with legs and he kept repeating sit wiiiiide on your butt. I think it was his way of saying sit on your seat bones.
- Ride sitting trot A LOT. Walk whenever human gets tired and then more sitting trot.
Grand Prix - older horse/rider
- good idea to stand w/horse on contact for awhile (that amount of time is different for training level of horse)
- To close the door (collection), first the door has to be open (forward)
- Don't practice tests in winter, ride for fitness
- For suppleness - shoulder in left then right, back and forth on centerline/quarterline
Mentioned to several riders
- patience is key, you have to get on ready to be patient
- When you're feeling extra patient, halt in contact with your house and let them mouth the bit
- Tap with the whip on shoulders rather than behind (unless you're going for lateral work) - this eliminates mixed signals with a pulling hand
- in general he was very gentle with horses and riders, rewarding good behavior and redirecting any bad behavior or confusion with a different exercise