The 3 Best Exercises In Walk to Improve My Dressage Horse

Hey Superstar, we are about to discuss what are the three best exercises you can do in walk to improve your dressage horse!

Sometimes I walk my horses in a session to give them a bit of a break, but that still doesn’t mean I don’t gymnastacise them, work with them and make their bodies really good.

The first thing we’re going to do is assume that you have learned leg yield, shoulder in, traver and renver. A good exercise you can do at walk is a shoulder in.

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Today’s question is, what are the three best exercises I can do in walk to improve my dressage horse?

The first thing we’re going to do is assume that you have learned leg yield, shoulder in, traver and renver. So if you haven’t got those lateral movements sorted, check out my other videos and make sure you subscribe to make sure that you get all my videos on how to do all these fancy dressage moves. But sometimes I walked my horses in a session to give them a bit of a break, but that still doesn’t mean I don’t gymnastacise them, work with them and make their bodies really good.

So what you want to do is to be able to go, okay, I want to leg yield this way a little bit. And then when he starts falling that way or not being soft we’re going to leg yield the other way. And then he kind of fell and he reached the wall anyway. So I’m going to leg yield this way, he’s falling, I’m going to leg yield this way, he’s falling and even if you can’t feel when they’re falling I know I really struggled with that even if you just go, I’m going to leg yield this way.

And then the horse has to accept when you hit the wall, I’m going to leg yield back off the other way. It’s a really good exercise. Remember dressage horses. I’m pretty sure I’m getting this wrong. Doesn’t dressage in French mean ‘training’ or something like the point of a dressage horse is to have it that it’s super trained. If you want to go left, it goes left, if you want to to go right, it goes right.
Another really great suppling exercise you can do in walk is a shoulder in. So we’ve got shoulder in. Into a renver. So he’s got to change what he’s doing. Back into a shoulder in, into a traver. And you can see he wasn’t completely happy with doing that. There was a little bit of resistance. There should be no resistance. Back into the shoulder in and back to the traver.

And again, if you can ride your horse with shoulder in, traver, renver and move him through all those exercises without resistance, how good is your Elementary test going to be? So it’s not just about – can I do a shoulder in from B to H or whatever. It’s can I do anything I want to do with horse at any time? Because then obviously your level of submission goes up your level of suppleness goes up and your scores are going to go up.

The last exercise we are going to do is a leg yield on a circle.

So I’m just asking him to put his hind legs all the way out and his shoulders all the way in. And now I’m pretending my body is the circle line. So if my body had a pencil underneath it, my body would draw the circle and hopefully if I’m good enough, it would be nice and circular and again this is just me being able to control where the shoulders go, where the hind legs go and where everything goes.

So I trust that helps you guys. Trust that gives you something to think about.

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