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Dressage help please from experienced riders only.?

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OK my horse used to always have a nice head cariage. ( no I do not meen a fake head set) Now he does not. He gets heavy in my hands and or puts his head in the air like a giraff. My riding instructor says to push him forawrd into my hands. I do do this but he still does not come on the bit. He does have a sore back but he has always had it. He sees a chiro and both him and the vet say he is fine. Any tips for getting him to come into better on the bit contact? (I do not want to seesaw)

Well if the back problem is definitely not giving him problems (it is hard when they can not tell us ;-) I would do some lunging.

I’m not a fan of lunging every day, but you might have some success if you lunge with a surcingle and side reins. This will help get your horse working well and eliminate him arguing with you in the beginning. I alternate a riding day with a lunge day with a new or unfit horse. It allows them to build fitness and muscle.

Which brings me to my next thought, has anything changed? Has he dropped condition or gained too much condition. Has he lost muscle tone etc. If so it might just be a case of getting him fit again and then trying for more collection.

But if it is not that then I come back to the soreness (as he was ok before). So lunging will give you a good opportunity to see him from the ground and to assess his movement. Push him forward into a good working trot, as it is a bit easier from the ground and see if he will naturally collect, once he is engaging his hind quarters

Also incorporate transitions in the session. Another good way to see if soreness or stiffness might be an issue. This is not about tying his head down, side reins set correctly are not dragging the head in dramatically and it is before the vertical so he will bring his own head in if he is able to. I have a stop watch with me, I time everything to make sure the horse is worked evenly on both sides ;-)

The question of collection gets asked a lot, I will give you my standard answer to it. I was taught by a grand prix dressage rider. It may or may not be relevant to you ;-)

To get your horse "collected" your horse must be truly working on the bit and engaging their hind quarters without false aids. If you pull your horses head in with your hands (I’m not a fan of sea-sawing on a horses mouth or the pulse) when you release the pressure then the horses head pokes back up and out.

You need to drive a horse forward with your seat and legs and maintain a contact on the reins. Think of a tube of cream, if you squeeze without the lid on it will squirt out, if you put the lid on then it will move to the top of the tube and fill the area. But if you close the lid really tight and then squeeze the tube it will explode.

Your horse is the same, if you don’t hold some contact with your reins then when you squeeze she will just go quicker. If you pull his head in and kick hard then his energy will explode out in some way. You need to maintain contact with the reins and apply your seat and legs, get that hind quarter working hard and he will figure out it is much nicer to accept the bit.

With the above I would also assume your horse has a certain level of fitness, it would be very hard for a horse who does not have enough muscle to maintain that position. Think of it like going to the gym for the first time in a year, she will be sore. Do small amounts each ride and build it up.

You can lunge with side reins, but the same applies, start with short sessions and SLOWLY build him up, also start with the side reins quite loose and slowly tighten them until you have him just before vertical, no more. This allows the horse to bring their head into vertical and work kindly. You also need to lunge in a good working trot so they engage and work properly. The side reins are especially good if you don’t feel you have steady hands, you don’t want to be jagging at his mouth each stride. They are a tool and if used correctly can be kinder than a rider with hard hands.

Just remember the horses hind legs must be working as hard if not harder than the front. Your horse can be round but not be on the bit, you really want your horse on the bit. So this is not about getting your horses head in, it is about making his hind quarters work hard enough. When you get it right your horse will be soft on the reins.

Take it all slowly, if you don’t lay a good foundation, then the house will fall down. You need to have your horse supple and responsive. As to how long it will take, it will depend on her level of fitness and the amount of work you put into him.

Some horses cannot achieve "round" so really having their head vertical can still be on the bit, as long as that hind quarter is working hard enough. You ride with your seat not your hands, when your legs are sore you will be doing it correctly, you will need to condition yourself, just like you will your horses muscles.

Without leg pressure the horse would naturally want to stop. So you need to maintain enough pressure with you legs and seat to drive him forward into a working trot that engages the hind quarters. You WILL feel the difference when he is working correctly and your smile will be huge ;-) He will be light on the contact and will be working forward from behind.

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Badminton Horse Trials 2008

badminton horse trials 2008- friday dressage. riders include: andrew hoy, polly jackson, rosie thomas(1st time at badminton, & nice person),ruth edge and pippa funnell!! GO PIPPA!! LOL
and short xc preview.

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BRENTINA & DEBBIE McDONALD, GP SPL, U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS 2008

Brentina and Debbie McDonald scored 74.12 and took 2nd place in the Grand Prix Special at the 2008 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions held at the Oaks Blenheim in San Juan Capistrano, California on Sunday June 22nd, 2008.

Debbie McDonald
Born: August 27,1954
Hometown: Hailey, ID

Horse: Brentina (17-year-old Hanoverian mare; Owned by Peggy Thomas)

A true Olympic success story at a mere 50 years young, Debbie McDonald set out to bring home a Team medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics – a goal she saw to fruition as an integral part of the Team USA Olympic Bronze-medal effort. She again proved her mettle with legendary partner Brentina with a Team Bronze medal at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.

She focused on an up-and-coming star in 2007, and her diligence with Felix paid off that summer – they won three consecutive Grand Prix. McDonald had had an impressive season thus far in 2008 with both horses. Felix earned a first in the Grand Prix at Los Angeles Winter Dressage and a second at the CDI-W Burbank. Brentina brought home a first and a second in the Grand Prix at the CDI3 Burbank.

McDonald’s prowess has earned her a first among American Dressage Riders-the title of World Cup Champion in 2003-an honor she shares with Brentina. McDonald’s score of 78.890% in the Grand Prix Freestyle earned the combination the coveted title. In June of that year, McDonald was an integral part of the U.S. team finishing second in the team competition at CDIO Aachen, where she also placed third individually. At the 2005 World Cup Final in Las Vegas, McDonald and Brentina had one of their most memorable moments, placing third overall on home turf, receiving a standing ovation from a packed house. In 2005, Brentina was named the inaugural 2005 Farnam/Platform – USEF Horse of the Year.

Mcdonald’s accomplishments are many, including wins at both the 2005 and 2004 U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle/Championship/U.S. League Finals, 2003 Bayer Festival of Champions, U.S. Equestrian Team Grand Prix Championship, a Team Silver medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Spain, and both Individual and Team Gold medals at the 1999 Pan American Games. She was named Equestrian of the Year by the American Horse Shows Association (now the USEF) in 1999, as well as the 1999 United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year.

McDonald and her husband make their home in Idaho, where she trains for competition and coaches young riders. She and husband, Bob, have one son, Ryan.

Websites:

Brentina & Debbie McDonald:

http://brentina.com/

USEF:

http://www.usef.org/

USDF:

http://www.usdf.org/

USET:
http://www.uset.com/

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DON ANGELO & MICHELLE GIBSON, INTERM I, ’08 USEF FESTIVAL

Don Angelo and Michelle Gibson scored 72.55 and took 1st place in the Intermediaire I at the 2008 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions held at the Oaks Blenheim in San Juan Capistrano, California on Saturday June 28th, 2008.

Michelle Gibson
Hometown: Wellington, FL

Horse: Don Angelo (8-year-old Oldenburg stallion; Owned by Terri Kane)

Michelle Gibson is one of today’s top Dressage Riders and trainers. While working in Germany under the tutelage of Rudolf Zeilinger, she qualified for and competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with the stallion “Peron”. Their performance helped the United States win the Team Dressage Bronze Medal. In recent years, Michelle rode Elite European Sport Horses’ Hanoverian gelding “Lex Barker” to win all phases of the 2006 USEF National Intermediaire I Dressage Championship. In 2006, Michelle and “Don Angelo” competed in the FEI Young Horse classes and were named Reserve Champions of the six-year-old division at the Markel/USEF Young Horse Eastern Selection Trial in Raleigh, NC. Last year, this pair went on to claim the inaugural USEF National Developing Horse Dressage Championship for 7 — 9 year olds in Lexington, KY.

Websites:

Michelle Gibson Dressage:

http://www.michellegibson.com/

USEF:

http://www.usef.org/

USDF:

http://www.usdf.org/

USET:
http://www.uset.com/

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Warwick2007 – Pas de Deux Demo

Before the cancellation of the FEI World Cup Eventing Qualifier on day 2 most of the Dressage tests were completed. At the end of day 1 the crowd were treated to a Pas de Deux demonstration by 2 of Australias leading Dressage Riders – Nicole Tough on Glencoe Manhattan & Nicole Magoffin on Jaybee Anzac.

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Spring 2009 Dressage Schooling Show! (254+ SUBSCRIBERS!)

This is a big montage of the dressage show on Saturday!
*NOTE:* I AM NOT ONE OF THE RIDERS!!! So please don’t ask!

Riders:

Karen on Good to See Ya! (The appy!)
Jillian on Lex Luther (the lighter bay)
Snookie on Dance with Me (darker bay with blaze)
Heather on Bueno’s Gold Badger (lightish bay with star + blaze, tall rider)

I was fortunate enough to be the pooper-scooper person! :P
Next Sunday there is a 4-H show (in which I will be riding in!) and I am hoping to get some videos and pictures from that!
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Next videos to come:
Video in memory of Buster, my aunt’s dog that passed earlier this morning :(
Frisco’s adventure 5

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BRENTINA & DEBBIE McDONALD, GP KUR, U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS 2008

Brentina and Debbie McDonald scored 78.75 and took 2nd place in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the 2008 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions held at the Oaks Blenheim in San Juan Capistrano, California on Sunday June 29th, 2008.

Debbie McDonald
Born: August 27,1954
Hometown: Hailey, ID

Horse: Brentina (17-year-old Hanoverian mare; Owned by Peggy Thomas)

A true Olympic success story at a mere 50 years young, Debbie McDonald set out to bring home a Team medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics – a goal she saw to fruition as an integral part of the Team USA Olympic Bronze-medal effort. She again proved her mettle with legendary partner Brentina with a Team Bronze medal at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.

She focused on an up-and-coming star in 2007, and her diligence with Felix paid off that summer – they won three consecutive Grand Prix. McDonald had had an impressive season thus far in 2008 with both horses. Felix earned a first in the Grand Prix at Los Angeles Winter Dressage and a second at the CDI-W Burbank. Brentina brought home a first and a second in the Grand Prix at the CDI3 Burbank.

McDonald’s prowess has earned her a first among American Dressage Riders-the title of World Cup Champion in 2003-an honor she shares with Brentina. McDonald’s score of 78.890% in the Grand Prix Freestyle earned the combination the coveted title. In June of that year, McDonald was an integral part of the U.S. team finishing second in the team competition at CDIO Aachen, where she also placed third individually. At the 2005 World Cup Final in Las Vegas, McDonald and Brentina had one of their most memorable moments, placing third overall on home turf, receiving a standing ovation from a packed house. In 2005, Brentina was named the inaugural 2005 Farnam/Platform – USEF Horse of the Year.

Mcdonald’s accomplishments are many, including wins at both the 2005 and 2004 U.S. Grand Prix Freestyle/Championship/U.S. League Finals, 2003 Bayer Festival of Champions, U.S. Equestrian Team Grand Prix Championship, a Team Silver medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Spain, and both Individual and Team Gold medals at the 1999 Pan American Games. She was named Equestrian of the Year by the American Horse Shows Association (now the USEF) in 1999, as well as the 1999 United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year.

McDonald and her husband make their home in Idaho, where she trains for competition and coaches young riders. She and husband, Bob, have one son, Ryan.

Websites:

Brentina & Debbie McDonald:

http://brentina.com/

USEF:

http://www.usef.org/

USDF:

http://www.usdf.org/

USET:
http://www.uset.com/

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How to Select the Correct Dressage Saddle

A dressage saddle should have a deep seat, a longer flap for the leg, long stirrups and knee rolls if they are preferred by the rider. Find out why every dressage saddle is specific to each rider with helpful advice in this video on horse training and dressage.

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Horse trainer Horst Becker Equitana 2006 (Part 1)

His seminars about Classical Dressage, Double-Lungeing and Liberty-Dressage take place throughout Europe. But his specialism is ‘Modern Horse-training’.

Both Jumping-and Dressage Riders, as well as Gaited Horse- and Westernriders ask him for his advice. In his clinics it’s all about the biomechanics of the horse, to find new ways to succes, and to ride new exercises, but most of all: To be friends with the horse.

Horst Becker was born in Walldorf. He spent 2 years in France where he worked with horses a lot. When he came back to Germany he built his own studfarm ‘Spiekerhaus’, where he worked for almost 15 years. There he developed his outstanding system for training. In this time he met Fredy Knie sr. in Reken, and in the following years he spent a lot of time in Swiss, to learn from Fredy Knie.

Another teacher that was very important for Horst, was the at that time director of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Professor Doctor Kurt Albrecht. Horst trained with him for several years.

In 2002 Horst becker founded “Forum Pferdegerecht”(Forum Horsemanship”), that opens during a horsefair called “Pferd und Jagt” (“Horse and Hound”) in the exhibitionhalls in Hannover.

More information on www.horsebecker.com

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Anyone know of any good professional riders?

I want to watch some riders on youtube to maybe pick up a few tips for my own riding… dressage and showjumping riders would be nice don’t mind which nationality. Thanks.

Edward Gal – dressage
Robert Smith – showjumping
Harvey Smith
The Wittaker family, John, Michael, Robert, Ellen