If Dressage be the Goal, This is the Stuff it’s Made of -
So once you and your horse get these real basics worked out, the rest just falls
• The Five First Tier Basics of riding are - go, stop, turn in, move out, and soften.
Teach these to your horse and then use them to complete the rest of your horses
• When training with the five basics, there are five combinations of hand, seat and
leg - one for each of the basics. Once confirmed, we use these to ask for more advanced
movements, figures and qualities.
• The ideal figure for your horse to learn on is his Natural Circle. Similar to the
classical “volte” of dressage, the size of this circle is based on his size and conformation.
From this starting point he will gradually move out to larger figures, bigger gaits
and using more energy. Training on the right size circle for your horse works better
than training on a standard 20 meter circle or going round and round on the rail.
• We are all shaped differently so rather than getting crammed into a theoretical
shape that doesn’t fit, your correct position is the one in which you are secure,
balanced and comfortable. This principal is true when using your aids too. It is
more important that you ride in a relaxed, comfortable way than in some theoretically
Half-halts are something you ask the horse to do - not something you do to the horse!