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Perfect circles with a lunge line. Warm up. #1 Susan and Beau

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Published on Mar 12, 2012

In this Horse and Rider Awareness Do it Yourself series, we are going to show you different riders and horses that are competing in Dressage. I am filming as I am coaching and so you will see the video going up and down at times.

This is one of the easiest ways I have found to teach riders how to feel when their horses are falling in and out of circles. It is also the easiest way for instructors/trainers to show their students how to feel when their horses are falling in and out of circles.

I choose this rider, Susan Faulkner Evans and Beau (Mission Point) because the sound quality seems to be the best for you to hear what we are doing. This is the first time that they have done this together, even thought Beau did very well last year in Training Level (Won the Open at the Regionals in Training Level Test 3) This year, we are asking him to go in a better balance, which begins with straightness on a circle or curve.

In the beginning of this video you will see that it is difficult for both Susan and Beau. This is because they really have not been as straight on a circle as they should be. You will see that Beau is a little offended and that Susan has to keep re positioning him every few strides to keep him straight. When the rider first feels straightness, especially with the lunge line, they will feel like the horse is crooked, when in fact, the horse is straight. That is a sign that they have gotten comfortable with their horse being crooked. With time, the rider will feel the correct balance.

By the end of this video (4 mins) Beau begins to move straighter and as a result, starts coming through. In the next video you will see that this becomes more consistent.

Those who compete in Dressage, or any competition where they are required to do circles, find that keeping their circles round is not as easy as it sounds.

In Dressage, the judges often comment that their horses are falling in or out. This is so common and probably one of the hardest areas for riding instructors to be able to guide their riders through.

From the ground, we can see when a horse is straight when the inside legs are on the same track. When on the horse, the rider is not able to see this and needs to develop the feeling of when the horse is straight or not.

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