How To Steer And Turn Your Horse | Dressage Mastery

How To Turn Your Horse

Hey Superstar, we are about to discuss how to steer and turn your horse!

Now if we ride a bike or if we drive a car, if we pull the steering wheel down on one side, the car or the bike will turn. When I first started riding this is how I turned my horse!

If you just pull the reins one way, where are his hind legs going and where is the shoulder going – all the way over there. It’s not an effective turn as opposed to when you turn the shoulder with the outside rein rather than just saying, hey, I want to turn.
When I asked him to turn with just the reins, where did his head go? All the way to the inside. So if you want to drive a mack truck, you know when you tell the truck to turn, it takes a while. That’s what will happen if you turn a horse with your inside rein!

If you enjoyed today’s episode and it gave you huge value, I would love to invite you to a free class I’ve created for you to help you look and feel like a Grand Prix dressage rider in as little as three rides per week.

Don’t worry if you don’t have good enough horse – in secret number one, I’ll tell you why that doesn’t even matter.

I’ll tell you how to do it in only three rides per week, and I’ll also tell you the secret you need to know to make sure you’re doing in your riding to accelerate your results and get you to the next level. I can’t wait to have you in the class. It’s completely free. My gift to you, click on the button below to sign up now.

I’d love to hear from you how you go and what techniques you use to turn your horse effectively!

Offer as much details as possible in your reply – your story might just help someone else have a breakthrough in their riding journey!

Important: Links to other posts, videos etc. will be removed.

Thank so so much for reading, watching and sharing your story!

To Your Success,

Natasha Althoff

Full Transcript Expand to full transcript

Hey Riding Superstars! Welcome to Dressage Mastery TV. Today I’m going to answer the question – How do you steer and turn your horse?

Now if we ride a bike or if we drive a car, if we pull the steering wheel down on one side, the car or the bike will turn. So surely it’s the same with the horse. If I want to turn the horse, if I just keep bending, good boy and he’s turning because he’s good boy. He doesn’t know what I want, but he’s like, okay, I know what that means.

Now, when I first started riding, that’s how I steered my horse – I pulled, what else are you going to do? Now as you’ll notice if I just pull the reins one way, where are his hind legs going and where is this shoulder going – all the way over there. It’s not an effective turn as opposed to when you turn the shoulder with the outside rein rather than just saying, hey, I want to turn.
When I asked him to turn with just the reins, where did his head go? All the way to the inside. So if you want to drive a mack truck, you know when you tell the truck to turn, it takes a while. That’s what will happen if you turn a horse with your inside rein!

So what you want to do is go, okay, I’m never going to turn a horse by moving its head because the minute I move its head, the opposite shoulder goes the other way. You guys get that? Every time I put his head all the way to the inside, his outside shoulder moves all the way out, which is a bit useless. So instead I’m never going to turn the horse with its head. All I’m going to do is turn the horse with the shoulder.

So that’s all very fine and well I hear you saying, how do I steer a horse? I don’t turn its head. I turn it shoulders, but how do I turn it shoulders?

And the first step to learning how to turn the shoulders is break it down into really easy steps.
Step 1: Halt
Step 2: Move the shoulders just one step
Step 3: Repeat!

And all you’re going to do is figure out how to make the horse turn from using your outside rein to control this shoulder to ask it to step across. And it literally is just a taking and giving of the rein, it’s not a pushing. I don’t push it over the neck. I literally just take it and I use a little bit of leg. So the same leg is what rein I’m using, so if I’m going to use, if I’m going to turn him to the left, my left leg and a little half halt in the rein. And then a little on the left rein. So it literally is a take give with a little bit of the same leg and you know what guys – you just have to go out and practice!

I remember learning this when younger – I remember going that’s stupid as if that will work. That’s ridiculous. I can still remember the first time I got a horse to move from a halt, just one step over with his shoulders. And I literally thought I was the best Olympic rider in the world. I was like, do you know what I can do now? Does that mean I could turn the horse in a 10 meter circle in canter – no! I was still years away from being able to have shoulder control like that and I’m still working on to control and still working on having the ability to be able to keep the horse exactly where I want it, whenever I want it, however I want it all the time. So it is a journey. It is. Work in progress. You guys have fun and I’ll see you next week.

Spread the love