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Three horse dressage tips

Tips that I will give and explain below are very simple, but at the same time they answer very important practical questions and allow you to solve very important practical problems that happen often and worry a great number of equestrians literally across the globe.
There is nothing new in these councils: they have been tested by practice for a long time and in one form or another they are often found in good specialized literature, however … not always sufficiently generalized and outlined, not always understood correctly enough and … not always sufficiently applied in practice .
On the other hand, these very tips should be formulated as short as possible, but explain as evidence as possible … I will try!

Three horse dressage tips

1. Any horse gait is useful not only to stabilize and / or expand, but also to slow down significantly.

Achieving a high degree of relaxedness and rhythm of uniform movement on a particular (convenient given particular horse at this stage of dressage) speed is a remarkable achievement, but it is not enough; on the other hand, even the softest request to walk or run faster, addressed to the horse is not sufficiently traveled, often makes it unnecessarily nervous and tense – because the increase in speed is impossible without changing the uniform motion to accelerate motion, which often leads to a loss of steady balance.
Whereas a decrease in the speed of movement involuntarily (!) Makes the horse think more about each individual element of the gait, literally over every small movement of each leg and the whole body – and this develops not only the horse’s thinking, but also its balance, its coordination of movements, and the same – teaches the horse to overcome periods of loss of balance with panic, tension and an increase in speed … and teaches it to relax and think.
And nothing prevents you from slowing down any horse’s gait to the limit, that is, until the horse goes from gallop to lynx, from lynx to step or stops – from which the next advice follows …

2. Allure grows from the previous transition.

Want to get a good step – train the transition from stop to step and back.
Want to get a good trot – train the transition from step to trot and back.
Want to get a good gallop – train the transition from trot to gallop and back.

It is equally, and sometimes more useful, to train crossings “through a step”, for example – from a stop to a trot and back, from a step to a gallop and back, and later – after two steps, and even after three, for example – from a stop to a gallop and back, and even from precipitating to a gallop and again to precipitating.
Because any transition from any gait to any other is always much more difficult for the horse than the gait itself – because again it requires uneven movement instead of uniform movement and therefore is often accompanied by a loss of balance, followed by excessive tension of muscles, mind, psyche , and sometimes panic, along with the inclusion of the most powerful reflex “run!”; on the other hand, the transition takes very little time, and therefore less difficult for the horse in terms of mental and psychological – in itself.
Finally…

3. Allure grows not only from the previous transition, but also from the previous pace.

Want to get a good trot – achieve the perfect step; Want to get a good gallop – achieve the perfect trot.

Because it is in the context of the equilibrium of a horse – each next pace is an order of magnitude more complicated than the previous one.
Lynx is an order of magnitude more difficult because in the process of a step there is no phase of flight, a phase of unsupported movement – and in the process of trot there is one; A gallop is an order of magnitude more difficult for a lynx because a gallop is a gait asymmetrical, while a lynx is symmetrical.
And therefore, in order for the horse to start mastering the next gait completely calmly and thoughtfully – without unnecessarily straining and even less panicking at the inevitable loss of balance – the strongest foundation is needed in the form of the perfection of the previous ga … success in the end!

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