How can I improve my flatwork?
- Build up through walk, trot and canter on a long, but not loose, rein to encourage your horse to stretch forwards and down, engaging his topline.
- End your session with a few minutes of stretching work in walk and trot to allow your horse’s muscles to cool down properly and aid recovery.
What is flatwork in horse riding?
These are dressage exercises that the horse undertakes whilst being ridden on the flat as opposed being ridden over jumps.
How do you make a young horse supple?
One of the best things for creating suppleness in your horse is lateral work, and the most useful movements are shoulder-in, leg-yield and travers. If your horse is finding a movement difficult, keep the angle of the movement shallow and if you’re flexing his neck, exaggerate the neck positioning.
How do you motivate a lazy horse?
6 Tips To Motivate Your Lazy Horse
- Subtle aids for Lazy Horses. Start with a subtle aid at the moment where you expect that your horse will not react.
- Assertive aids for Lazy Horses.
- Letting go a little may help your Lazy Horse.
- Take breaks.
- Let go and give your horse some responsibility.
- Set Priorities.
How can I improve my balance when riding?
Riding without stirrups is one way to improve your position as it allows your legs to hang in the right place while also helping to strengthen your core; you should start in walk and gradually build up to trot and canter as your confidence and balance both improve.
How do you calm a fizzy horse?
A high fibre diet Choosing products that include oils, such as soya and linseed, allow your horse to gain condition through slow-release energy sources, limiting the fizzy response. Feeds containing quality protein and probiotics aid gut function too, which can encourage topline and condition in poorer doers.
Which is the best flatwork exercise for beginners?
Exercise: A good starting point to really open your eyes to this exercise is to place an object in the middle of your 20 meter circle, this can be a cone, a mounting block or your instructor!
Which is the best flatwork exercise for a horse?
As well as being a required movement in many dressage tests, this exercise is a good test of whether your horse is in self-carriage, rather than relying on you to hold him together. Start by giving your inside rein, then swap to your outside rein, and finally give both together.
How long is a 30 minute flatwork session?
Our quick and easy sessions are intended to take just 30 minutes, including a warm-up and cool-down, and we’ve even allocated a spare five minutes to allow you to concentrate on one exercise in particular. You’ll have that glass of wine in your hand before you know it!
What should I do to shake up my riding routine?
Exercise is fun! If you’re a trainer and you want to add some whimsy to your riding routine in a beginner group lesson, try some games to shake things up. This exercise generally requires a helper to hold, lead, or lunge the horse. Safety is always the most important factor when attempting any riding exercises.