Quick dressage workout for your Horse | Dressage Mastery TV Ep 299

Quick dressage workout for your Horse

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “Quick dressage workout for your Horse”

If a horse is walking along straight, you can see from like his ear all the way down his neck, over his back, to his tail, it’s one length. Now if I move his head to the inside, and then his shoulder also to the inside, how long is now my length from ear all the way neck, hind leg to tail? So this is going straight, and he’s now putting the horse in a shouldering, and now I’m going to put the horse in an exaggerated shouldering. How much longer is my horse now? And you can see he’s going to be much, much, much longer on that side of him.

So you can see just by doing those exercises, and think, why would I want to stretch one side of my horse’s body? What movement could that improve?

 

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Hey, Riding Superstars, Merry Christmas, Happy Christmas Eve. For everyone in Europe, this is our Christmas. We all get presents on Christmas Eve, so wee. I’m super, super excited. I’m going to eat a lot. I’m going to hopefully get a lot of presents. Phil, a lot of presents? Small presents. I like small presents because they tend to be jewelry. But yes, Merry Christmas. Have an amazing Christmas. And I thought this episode we could talk about what’s a really cool, quick workout you can do on the Christmas holidays if you’ve only got 10 or 15 minutes, but you want to ride your horse and do some good.

Okay. So a really cool workout that I like to do if I don’t have much time, is you do it just in walk, and it’s literally about stretching out the rib cage. So just as we will do yoga and do a couple of stretches to keep ourselves good and supple, the horses need to do that as well.

So if a horse is walking along straight, you can see from like his ear all the way down his neck, over his back, to his tail, it’s one length. Now if I move his head to the inside, and then his shoulder also to the inside, how long is now my length from ear all the way neck, hind leg to tail? So this is going straight, and he’s now putting the horse in a shouldering, and now I’m going to put the horse in an exaggerated shouldering. How much longer is my horse now? And you can see he’s going to be much, much, much longer on that side of him.

Then what I can do is keep him in this angle so his shoulders are in and his hind legs are behind me, and now I’m going to change the bend and put him in a [ronver 00:01:56]. Now how long and stretched is the left side of his body?

We’ll get back to the training in a second. I just wanted to remind you, if you’re loving this video, make sure to subscribe and leave me a comment on how this video has helped and your biggest learning so far.

So you can see just by doing those exercises, and think, why would I want to stretch one side of my horse’s body? What movement could that improve? And if anyone’s ever seen a half-pass, so let me go into a half-pass. I’m going half-pass H to the center line. In a half-pass the horse puts its head in to the way of where it’s going, which is to the left, and the hind legs go across and so do the shoulders.

Now when you’re looking at my horse in this direction, in this movement, there’s going to be a short side and a longer side. You see how one side of my horse, the left side is shorter than the right side, because he has to stretch his rib cage and make more room on the right side of him. So it’s like me doing this, I get a long side here, and I get a short little rib cage and a short side on that side of me.

So the horses need to be stretched in this frame and in this way of going all the time, and hopefully stretched a little bit longer, and stretched a little bit longer, and stretched a little bit longer so he can have more reach in that half-pass, more expression in that half-pass, more balance in that half-pass, and generally just turn that from a six to a 10 is the dream.

So here we go on this side. We going shoulder-in. So I like to go three track shoulder-in that you’d find in an elementary test. But then, stuff that, I’m not in elementary anymore. I don’t have to do a shoulder-in. I want to go four track shoulder-in. Now is a shoulder-in four track? No, not according to the dressage guidebook. But that will mean that my horse will have to stretch more, and have to bend more, and have to be more supple in a four track shoulder-in. And from a four track shoulder-in, I can then turn the horse thing to a really, really hard ronver.

So a ronver is, well, there’s a million videos on what a ronver is. A ronver will confuse you, if I spend this time on the video, and only tell you for a second. But yes, by moving the horses bend and by moving the horse’s shoulders, you can get a really cool workout.

If everything I’ve shown you in this video seems really, really hard, and really, really confusing, don’t worry. Look up, how do I do a ronver on YouTube. I’m sure I’ve done a video on that. And that will tell you what it is and how you train it, and then you can start working on your flexibility and your stubbornness.

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