I think the scenario you described is the ideal situation and definitely the more traditional approach.
For me personally, I do not get very worried about dressage competition because this is something I do for fun. The competition I feel is really with myself working to do better than our last time. In my life I’ve always been a very competitive person and taken my competition, whether sports, work or academics, to an almost negative place where I beat myself up and feel badly if I don’t meet my personal standards of success. So far, I’ve been able to keep dressage in a personal fun zone and competition is just another aspect of the learning process for me.
Thanks for the conversation!
I personnaly prefers riding only tests I’m ok with, because I want my horse to think it’s easy when we go out, and taking lesson with ‘pro’ for judging my homework!]]>
Great thoughts. I keep Donzer trotting forward for 2 reasons. One, he actually likes to trot so it is a reward for him to trot forward in a relaxed way. This also lays the groundwork for the Grand Prix requirement of moving from Passage to Piaffe. Two, as we are moving up the levels I am teaching him that he can relax and rest in other gaits besides walk. I do take lots of walk breaks in my regular work thought (some for me too).
But I have a question :
When you move your legs back, and when Donzer reacts well in quickening his hind quarters, why do you keep the trot afterwards and not just reward him for this action by letting him walk for example? Because I feel like this is the best moment in his action and if it were me, I’d like to reward him for that so that he understand it is exactly that moment/action that I want him to do…
I’m actually trying to teach the piaffe to my mare, but at present time I just work it in hand, so I have never done it riding and my question may be stupid!
PS : I apologise for my bad English, I’m used to read or hear it, but not to write in English 🙂]]>
You are seeing the finished product in this video. Ava actually picked up her leg quickly because she is very sensitive and I actually had to get her to just pick her leg up and not kick. My quarterhorse, Red, took quite a while to get him to try and lift his leg. It just didn’t bother him to be tapped in the leg. You can speed up the process by rewarding event the very smallest try like a subtle shift in weight. Horses can be quite frustrating though.
I’m glad you are being able to use the videos. I enjoy teaching people and even though I’m developing some DVDs I will continue to share my short videos.