Learn The A, B, C’s

  • Develop a clear language with your horse. What do your seat, legs and reins control?
  • What are the effects of different actions of seat, legs and reins?
  • Putting the letters of the alphabet together to form words (such as canter depart, leg yield, counter canter)
  • The importance of “giving”
  • The timing of the aids

Whoa and Go

  • Teach your horse to be responsive to light aids to stop and go
  • The goal is to “whisper” with your aids and have your horse “shout” his response

Reward and Correction

  • The absence of reward is punishment
  • The absence of punishment is not reward
  • Repetition is the mildest form of correction

How To Use the Training Scale as a Practical Guide for Training and Problem Solving

  • Explore exactly what the six ingredients in the training scale mean so they’re not just “words”
  • Rhythm-Understanding rhythm and tempo
  • Suppleness-Lateral suppleness, longitudinal suppleness, adjustability, suppling exercises for different body parts
  • Contact-Develop the qualities that make up an inviting, sympathetic contact
  • Connection-Put your horse on the bit, helping the horse that goes behind the bit, Giving two sets of aids at once, Tests of connection
  • Impulsion-“More”
  • Straightness-Body alignment, First position
  • Collection-How to create and recognize collection, The half halt demystified

The Movements

  • Why do movements like school figures, transitions, and lateral work? Learn why the movements are not an end in themselves. They are a means to an end such as the development of the gaits as well as specific qualities like suppleness, flexibility, and collection
  • Breakdown of the aids for every movement and exercise
  • Understand the big picture-The work at basic levels is the foundation for more advanced work. For example, doing a correct 20-meter circle is the start of advanced lateral exercises. Counter canter, collected canter and simple changes of lead lay the foundation for flying changes
  • What are the working gaits?
  • Focus on the “connective tissue” between movements

Problem Solving

  • Dealing with resistance
  • Dealing with evasions
  • Dealing with anticipation
  • Improving the movements
  • Fill your toolbox with multiple training solutions
  • Use “benign antagonism” to help the horse become a problem solver
  • Identify and treat the cause of problems not just the symptoms

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