Flying change: the aids

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The following aids are given simultaneously during the flight-moment:

  • The new inside leg is placed on the girth.
  • The new inside rein and the new inside leg help maintain the new bending around the inner seat bone and inside leg of the rider.
  • The new outside leg is placed behind the girth and moves the outside hind leg under the point of weight (like in hindquarter-in).
  • The rider looks over the new inside shoulder forward.
  • Do not forget to reward and stop when the change happens for the first time, to print the positive experience in the horse’s mind.

Teaching the exercise to the horse

It is recommended to practice the change in the same place of the arena, until the change is confirmed. This fixed place should be on a straight line and not in a corner of the arena. Afterwards, you can practice the change in other places in the arena.

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Work at hand – Side Movements

| Category: Work in hand |

In de video you can see the 4-years old Frederiksborger gelding Prince Elmelund:

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Longeing

| Category: Longeing |

It is important to spend a lot of time doing longeing exercises before riding your horse. Those who invest this extra time in longeing in the first few months of training will be rewarded throughout the horse’s education. Like a rough diamond that first needs to be polished, the young horse first needs to be “suppled up” on the longe. In this time the horse can build up its fitness, develop its muscles and find balance in all gaits.

Slow motion in walk, trot and canter

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