|Grand Prix rider on an UL Dressage|
I really want to inundate you with great quotes, particular exercises and lots of her tips to help you become a better rider. Alas, it was 38 degrees and my ability to write notes quickly deteriorated into indecipherable scrawl. (See, that word, once again hypothermia.)
What I can do is give you a few things that, after 3 days, remain crystal clear in my brain. Here you go:
|Area 1 Eventer & Ingrid|
Repetition helps the horse gain confidence. Once you're successful give them a big pat and allow them a walk break. Then move on to something else.
Cavelletti exercises done regularly will improve a canter, develop a weak hind end and will break up the routine of a dressage horse. Eventers, these are low impact exercises that will just improve everything - jumping and dressage.
"Ride him like he's a 4 year old" - For horse who easily goes into a frame but isn't quite on the bit or a horse who has been collected or worked in a frame, allow the horse to flow easily forward on a longish rein to find their rythym and balance. Use this as a break in your collected/medium gaits.
On Training Aids (like draw reins) - maybe some horses might need them but she never uses them. "If I did, I know someone (Reiner Klimke, her father) is looking down on me and he wouldn't be pleased."
"If you make a mistake, you must continue"
Another Area 1 Eventer doing us proud!
"Be brave and try" - This is one for all you dressage riders who participated in this clinic. I watched the exercises and they were hard. You were brave to do this with your dressage horses and the results were stunning! Keep trying (and maybe try the dark side).
|A girl can dream... one day...|
And, for us Eventers, she talked about safety, bridging the reins for XC and then showing us how and why you should bridge your reins for dressage training. She was a phenomonal clinician. I wish I had more to offer you but the chill won out that day!
Shhhhh, Sugar doesn't know that I told our trainers that winter training will be cavelletti training... lucky girls! "Don't worry!" We'll figure it all out!