Does looking where you need to ride work? | Dressage Mastery TV Ep 289

Does looking where you need to ride work? (How to increase your test score by 5%)

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “Does looking where you need to ride work? (How to increase your test score by 5%)”

We tend to stare and we’re not nailing our marker. Whereas, the minute I looked up, you’ll notice my diagonal was horrible, I missed my corner, I missed everything. But if I stare, okay, I’m looking down, I’m staring down H, staring down H, you can nail your corner so much better.

And while I’m nailing and staring down H, S, I can in my periphery see the horse’s neck. But you’ve got to develop your feeling of where the horse’s neck is and if it’s round and if it’s straight and if it’s good, rather than staring at it.

 

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Hey, riding superstars. Today I’m going to answer how to get better marks in your dressage test by doing one simple thing. Okay, so what most people forget when they’re riding dressage, and especially when they’re in their dressage test, is they get so caught up on how the horse is going, and so caught up in staring at what’s in front of them, which is the horse’s neck, that they kind of forget everything else. And everything else is super important.

So, if I’m in a dressage test and I’m looking at his neck, looking at his neck, looking at his neck, oh, I’ve got to dive in, and then I look up. And then I look at his neck, I look at his neck, and I look at his neck, and I look at his neck, and I look at his neck.

Okay, I’m totally exaggerating it, but we do. We tend to tip forward. We tend to stare and we’re not nailing our marker. Whereas, the minute I looked up, you’ll notice my diagonal was horrible, I missed my corner, I missed everything. But if I stare, okay, I’m looking down, I’m staring down H, staring down H, you can nail your corner so much better.

And while I’m nailing and staring down H, S, I can in my periphery see the horse’s neck. But you’ve got to develop your feeling of where the horse’s neck is and if it’s round and if it’s straight and if it’s good, rather than staring at it.

The other problem I see riders do, is they go into a circle. So they’re like, okay, I’m looking, I’m looking, I’m looking. I’m on a circle, I’m on a circle, I’m on a circle, I’m on a circle, I’m on a circle, I’m on a circle. And they’re dropping on the inside and it’s all not so pretty.

So you really have got to pull those shoulders back. You know, think of the best posture you can. Look up, look over at R. Now I’m staring down A. It’s a 10-meter circle. I’ve got to nail it. I’m staring down S. I’m sitting back. I’m keeping the horse on his hind legs, and I’m meeting the trap back at S.

Give it a go. Practice your movements, your old way, and then practice your movement sitting back, waiting. So a friend of mine is a jumper, and he always talks about, let the jump come to you. It’s the same for the dressage. Let the diagonal come to you. Let the circle come to you.

So many of you in your dressage tests are like, “Oh, okay, here’s the circle,” and you’re your overriding it and riding it. Yeah, you’re riding it and yes you have to ride it, but let each stride of the movement, the circle, the diagonal, whatever it is, come to you, rather than you go to it and you push to it. Sit back and let it come to you and the movements and the test will get so much easier. Enjoy.

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