Saturday, April 29, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Communication is the most rewarding skill

How to ”talk” to your horse. Consistent repetition and reward
Maintaining your horses’ attention and willingness
How to listen to your horse
Is your horse saying “yes”, “no” or maybe, and how to respond meaningfully

The first conversation: the Warm Up
Establishing a leadership role your horse will embrace
Leading your horse to his comfort zone and creating a round top line
Riding the Free walk and jog. Timing of aids and reward

Succeeding every ride. Ride an elementary obstacle course while listening to your horse
Riding accurately to build consistency and understanding
Getting your horse to say, “yes” to every challenge
Creating understanding and willingness is the biggest reward
Signs of tension, relaxation and understanding

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Cultivating the Best in Each Rider. The Psychology of the Horse/Rider Team
We have stories and so do our horses. If you have trouble listening to someone’s story
and they are speaking YOUR language, how are you going to listen to your horse?
Exercises on ground and under saddle that encourage partnering through intuitive responses to the horses language.
Riding on the rail being fully PRESENT- mentally, emotionally and physically to successfully connect with our horses.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Improving Balance and Suppleness
Movement for function
Increasing your horse’s athletic ability and willingness
Utilizing transitions, change of direction and reinbacks to improve and develop balance and suppleness.
Why lateral movements? How do they improve your horse’s balance and responsiveness? How much should we be asking for and what are the steps to develop these?

Sunday April 30, 2017


9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Synergy with Your Horse. How to Attain a Ride that is Smooth and Seems to Flow Effortlessly.
Feel is different than responding mechanically to your horse
Effective transitions make a difference in the quality of your ride
Counted walk, a tool that will impact the way you and your horse connect
Collection at a walk and jog using effective halts and half-halts
Why is straightness so important yet so difficult to master?

11:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Equitation to Improve Balance and Accuracy
History and theory behind the desired seat
Why must we keep our shoulders in a T and arc through the waist when bending or turning? Why must the inner thigh stay connected to the horse? Where is the horse’s center of balance and our center of balance
Compromises in our bodies that may be keeping us from riding in a centered fashion.
How do we work around these limitations?
Riding equestrian patterns to synthesize this information

2:15 – Finished

Try out one of the new Western Dressage 2017 tests! You will be scored by a qualifiedA great way to begin work on your test of choice or to determine which level to try!
Western Dressage judge and then provided time with a coach to go over your marks