What does a full lesson with Natasha look like? 

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today, I am going to answer the question, “What does a full lesson with Natasha look like?”

Today you get an extra special treat normally reserved for our members!!
The gorgeous Sue has graciously agreed that we can publish a longer video of a lesson Natasha gave her and her Preliminary/Training level horse and off the track thoroughbred Fred (who has been competed before but has only just come back into work after an extended period of time off).
So what does a training session look like with a relatively green (in terms of dressage) horse?

Make sure you watch the video for ideas on what you can do in your training sessions!!


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Speaker 1:           I want a walk around the arena, and if you get one step of backwards, we’re going to go into total cantor. Does that make sense sir?

Speaker 2:           It does make sense.

Speaker 1:           Good, and just think about it, it’s a training. He has to go where we tell him to go. Yup. Good!

Speaker 3:           Good boy.

Speaker 1:           I think we might have an easy job today. Good. Is it perfect? No. Is it 50 times better than the start of last session? Yes. Good, and just work on keeping the same rhythm in the walk, asking him to lower his head, feeling both sides of the mouth. You want to be able to feel that you’ve got the left side and the right side exactly the same.

Speaker 3:           Come on, walk on. Good boy.

Speaker 1:           Good. Yep, walk, rhythm, walk, rhythm, play with a lot of fingers, trot, trot, trot, trot, trot, trot, trot, trot and trot around the whole arena, trot, trot, trot. Yep, same trot rhythm. Think forward, think go. Forward, that’s not forward. Good. Now rev him up, go up another gear because you know you’ve got a problem a day. So look past, look to the mirror. Yep, it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter. Right from there, open up the rein and kick, open up your outside rein and kick. Yeah, that’s not a problem. Don’t care how you get there, as long as it’s forward and you’re staying on the track as much as you can. The minute you see how you’ve lost that shoulder, open up your left rein, kick with your right leg. I don’t care, if it’s in gallop, as long as his shoulder stays on the wall. Good. Same thing here, open up your left rein, right leg, left rein, right leg. Well ridden, well ridden, well ridden. Don’t worry about the cantor. Don’t ever block him from going forward. You asked for forward, so don’t block it when you get it.

Speaker 1:           Good bigger, rev it up. Bigger. Yeah. Stare down the mirror, keep your left rein open. Yep, left rein, put his head to the left, yep and kick, kick. Well ridden and look at your eyes. I’m scared of your focus. Good.

Speaker 4:           Good boy.

Speaker 1:           Well ridden.

Speaker 3:           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.

Speaker 1:           Couldn’t have written that better myself. Good. One more lap. You know where your training points are, pirate A and B. Yep. Ride, stare down that mirror again. That’s where you’re going to, forward, forward, forward.

Speaker 2:           The top.

Speaker 1:           Yep. Open up that rein and kick. I don’t care if you’re galloping. Yep, kick. Yeah, kick, kick. Keep going and kick. You’re right there. Go onto your right leg kicking. He has breached your right wall. Wall is breached. The minute your right wall is breached, that right leg needs to be kicking and giving him a consequence for pushing against you. It is not okay to push against you. He will spook to the degree that he can handle the consequence for doing so. More. Yes. It needs to be a really bad big consequence for going through you. If he thinks he can handle that, if he thinks the spook is worth the consequence, he’ll keep doing it. Go ahead nice, right forward. Yep. Doesn’t matter, keep it in cantor and keep him going straight. Yeah, well ridden.

Speaker 3:           Good boy.

Speaker 1:           Stay in cantor the whole time, I don’t care. So he’s like, “I do.” Good. Keep going. You know what has to happen. You have to train the consequence. If he dares go though your inside leg, there’s a consequence to that. Yeah. Well, ridden.

Speaker 3:           Good boy.

Speaker 1:           Good job. Okay, then across the long diagonal, MXK. Nice. Keep it forward, rev the engine. Good. Show me a little of a lengthen top tip, top tip, top tip. Good, keep that. Good. Forward. He looks good now. Thank you. Yep. Stare down the mirror, that’s where you’re going. You’re doing nothing unless he breaches one of your walls. Then there’s a consequence. Yep. There’s a consequence. Well ridden, stare it down. Yep. No worries. Well done. Thank you.

Speaker 1:           Good boy. Good. And again, good with the eyes, good with the focus. Yes, yes.

Speaker 3:           Good boy.

Speaker 1:           Good. So then when it becomes that, that’s the spook, and the only reason he’s not spooking now is, like I said, he’s like, “Oh, this spook’s not worth getting a spur in my side, getting told I’m not okay.” That’s when you make the training black or white. If you go where I want you to go, I don’t touch you. If you don’t go where I want you to go, I touch you. Well done. Then you just need to keep your seat because obviously there’s still a bit of tension there, so The trot speeds up, but because of who he is, I actually don’t have an objection to the trot speeding up. Good. Yeah, that’s all right. Yes, yes. Well done.

Speaker 3:           Good boy.

Speaker 1:           So a million times better than last time, and that’s all we can work for. Good, good.

Speaker 3:           So trust that helps. Remember if you guys need any help with steps, procedures, strategies, recipes, how do you do A, how do you do B? How do you do C? I’ve got a free training class that tells you all about creating a system that works for you. Go check it out on the link below.

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