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Get More Out of Schooling with these 5 Tips…

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Whatever level you ride at, whether you’re a dressage rider or show jumping rider, or you simply enjoy schooling your horse to improve his suppleness, remember these 5 tips to get the most out of every session:

  1. Ride your corners correctly. Whatever movement you’d like to do after the corner, whether a transition, a shoulder in, a halt or simply going straight, make sure you ride the corner correctly. Control your horse’s shoulder with your outside aids to avoid falling out or over bending around the inside leg. Failing to do this will result in a loss of rhythm and the next movement will be inaccurate.
  2. Pay attention to quality. It’s more useful having a shorter schooling session with a horse at an active and engaged pace rather than a longer session with him not using himself, even on a lighter work day, your horse should be active and responsive to the leg – it takes years to train a horse to use himself properly and to be reactive to aids, a couple of weak sessions can undo that hard work.
  3. Plan ahead. Make sure you give you and your horse plenty of time to prepare for your next movement so your horse will be able to use himself properly and will be ready for your next request.
  4. Half halts are a very useful tool. Asking for one can get your horse’s attention if he’s unresponsive or lazy, it can help aid his focus before you ask him for a new movement or transition and it can help you rebalance or reestablish the rhythm if you lose it.
  5. Warm-up and cool down is important, even for short sessions and doing it correctly is a must to keep your horse happy and his muscles supple.

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