How do you ride corners to make a great dressage test?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How do you ride corners to make a great dressage test?”

Corners make up your dressage test. If you want to a good dressage test, just do a good corner. It’s almost that simple. This is why everyone thinks that their dressage test goes so quickly because they have to do things at markers. But because they’ve cut their corners, their markers come up super, super quick.

So instead when you ride deep into your corners, you can say one, two, three, four, five, six strides to get to A, and here I’m on the wall here. I got plenty of time to figure out, am I asking for a shoulder-in or a diagonal?

 

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Hey, dressage superstars. Today I’m going to answer the question: How do you ride your corners perfectly to get really great marks in a dressage test?

Okay, so corners make up your dressage test. If you want to a good dressage test, just do a good corner. It’s almost that simple. So let me just do a normal corner. Well, that was an okay corner. But here’s me cutting my corner, not thinking about my corner. Look when I get back to the track. When do I get back to the track? Over there. So now, if I’m meant to go across the diagonal, or do a shoulder-in or do a movement from K, I’m already late. I’m already not set up. I’m already in trouble. This is why everyone thinks that their dressage test goes so quickly because they have to do things at markers. But because they’ve cut their corners, their markers come up super, super quick.

So instead when you ride deep into your corners, you can say one, two, three, four, five, six strides to get to A, and here I’m on the wall here. I got plenty of time to figure out, am I asking for a shoulder-in or a diagonal? Or do whatever I need to do in my dressage test, and that’s why I feel my dressage test take a long time and I’ve got plenty of time to prepare and think, purely because I’ve ridden my corners.

So that’s all you got to do. Ride deep into your corners. Corners are not areas to cut, especially … Oh sorry. If the horse cuts the corner and puts more weight onto their inside shoulder, that will also make coming across the diagonal or doing a shoulder-in or an extended trot or whatever movement you have to do. If you’ve cut the corner and you’ve got the horses weight more on the inside, all those movements are going to be a lot harder. So all those movements, pretty much through all my corners, I say, “Hey, get up pride a little bit.” With my inside leg, I say, “Hey, put more weight even onto this outside shoulder.” So I’ve got more control of that shoulder depending on what I have to do coming into my dressage test.

So remember those two things. Don’t let the horse fall in. Sit him up them up with your inside leg and make him put his weight over there and ride deep into your corner so you’re way prepared before the marker. Happy riding.

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