BD National Convention 2023
CJD with Sadie Smith Times Orwell 7th in 5yo class at BD nats
Ensure horse always has good experience.
Needs to be able to sit & push not just one or other
Needs time to grow & become more uphill
Have plan & routine. School 20 mins Mon tues thurs fri. Hack weds sat. Sun off.
Self carriage early on. Much harder to make a horse which is very light in hand become stronger into the hand. Must take hand but not pull but def not suck off bit
Must have good canter
Needs to use neck and stretch through in walk to overtrack. Lateral walks v expensìve so dont collect early & hack out regularly up hills
Trot stepping under body with swinging back. Suspension will come later. Massive paces cause wear & tear & early end to career.
Transitions leg yield. Train to go forwards from light leg, do big yeeha around arena if llacks reaction
Tendancy to do everything from left so curl to left
Use rising trot as much as possible to keep thoroughness & swing
Straightness - head & neck in front of chest. Dont go too deep in corners at thiis stage. Leg yield must have flexion no bend, start on diagonal line and look at way you are going
Everyone has stronger & weaker side don't avoid the difficult side
Give Breaks on long rein and lots of praise
Warm up 20 mins warm up eg hack & 15mins stretch
Best stretch at end of session in trot, longer lower contact, must take contact & not curl off bit
If horse is naturallly on forehand dont have him so much stretched if puts him more downhill
Keep legs loose & dont ride all the time with a whip, must have own momentum
Laura Tomlinson with Abbie Newbury on Roy, Seagry Viceroy
Focus on basics, bending, straightness, balance
Transitions trot, canter must stay forwards , offer hand forwards immediately after trans to make space for hindlegs. Must feel horse can make mistakes.
Steer movements eg serpentine with shoulders. Can dictate & influence from seat in rising trot rise slower & slower to teach transition without hand
Encourage stretch & relaxation. Practice give & retake in canter
Sophie Wallace on 7yo Freddie, First Light
Canter walk transitions. Use small circles in sttretched walk
Adjusting trot from rising
Keep open frame to develop expression fron athleticism not restriction
Pat with outside rein when spooking from something to outside
In counter canter keep weight in inside stirrup as if keep asking for inside lead canter
Rider Needs to work on body eg with pilates
Maria Colliander with Gracie Catling on Fresian Jeb, TSJEBE FAN 'E VESTA HOEVE, PSG level
Position of judge can affect what you can judge best eg contact/mouth impulsion/straightness, precision.
Must pay attention to walk not get distracted.
Carl Hester & Alan with Valegro
Is not allowed polos as makes him sneeze! Now lives out with Uthopia
Tim Baty Jupiter Scais
Ruby Hughes FireKracka
Horses that are nervous, avoid what they are spooking at to encourage them to relax. Every day can be different. Need to be able adapt warm up. Teach them to relax in walk within warm up. Trot 1st with young horses. Canter 1st with 6+ yo. Canter is learning area medium onwards. Practice shapes accurately.
Needs to lift core in canter, spiral in & out to lift core, need to ride fwds, quicker not bigger with inside leg. Horse needs to take responsibility to learn to adapt stride length within the movements. Horses that struggle to collect, push inside leg under to help outside leg to collect, from inside leg. Im simple change find consistent walk rhythm before cantering. Collect from leg, walk transition from seat. Dont worry about jogging but avoid diving. If horse is confused about collecting then use 10m circles at RSVP then 1/2 10m s/c 10m 1/2 circle but wait until horse is straight & in good rhythm before upwards transition. Controlled anticipation, breaking up the movements of test.
Haĺf pass, if find it difficult, reduce bend & angle, gocus on canter quality, the start is the important part.
Walk needs relaxation from riders seat. On the buckle but riding the walk. Extended walk, impresssion of a contact, ears level of witgers & pushing shoulders away, more opens foreleg the more the hindleg can step under. Medium, similarly ride front legs away but shorter rein. Collected walk shorter rein & ride hindlegs forwards, if they get tense ride walk shoulder in the straighten . Ride lateral in walk gives rider time to think about the quality of movement but also to put horse around & accepting inside leg.
Stretch horse but amount depends on how they stretch & what they have been doing before session.
If not happy with quality in movement then 20m circle , get horse off leg. Stick asks horse to work harder in the movement not to go. Basic pace is relative to level. Big slower movement needs to get quicker. Sitting connects the horse, rising to quicken the legs.
Rein back, difficult generally. Start away from track. If horse doesnt RB then Bend horse & do turn on forehand but stepping back. Once they are confident going back then ask for atepping straight.
In hand work Ryan Shannon with Queenie & other mare
Touching each leg & click to encourage lifting. Rein back with stick in front.
De Niro bloodlines seem to find colecton easy
Callum Whitworth & Damaris half steps & passage, just started GP
Alex Clarke-West Sasha
Lindsay Wilcox-Reid with Fonz
More difficult movements but also come up too quick. Have to learn to ride beginning, middle & end of every movement particularly corners.
Horse gains confidence through knowledge & repetition
Canter 20m circle in travers, then reduce size of circle & keep inside leg on & ask for travers Harder they find movement stay in exercise (large circle).
Pirouette exercise, 20m circle, 10m circle each time cross c/l then same again with travers on small circle. When easy ride working pirouette. Dont allow horse to fall to inside.
Every movement needs stepping stones then if horse struggles, take a step back
If gets stuck in pirouette dont gallop forwards, neess to learn how to cope in pirouette.
Horse gets tense in changes, could be excitement or nerves. Short diagonals with changes at each end . If fails then 10m circle at end of each diagonal. Repetition builds confidence.
Leg yield to counter canter but if relaxed ask for change on track
Tempis, on track, on 3/4 line, on diagonal. Ride forwards in between. Keep new outside leg on to tell horse we are doing tempis.
Zig zag, ride 4 steps half pass 3 fwds inc change, repeat, so change always on 7th stride. In time reduce fwd strides and change always 1st stride of new half pass.
Hawtins San Floriano GP
Allow horses to make mistakes when learning & work out what would help the understanding. Train 1x & 2x on track to help balance, then on inner track, finally on diagonal. Natyral hot horses will try and make mistakes but you'll benefit over time.
Allow natural trot in stretching & warm up, dont expect the most cadenced collected work until later in session.
Allow horse to stay thinking forwards throughout work in piaffe/passage.
Be generous in release of contact to encourage self carriage and freedom
Young Horse Seminar 2019
Give horse time to settle
Horse needs to develop confidence to even contact
Needs to show desire to lift shoulder when asked to lengthen
Rider balance v important
Horses gave difficult side & very difficult side!!
Make sure make work even
Canter, outside hind leg myst be active, inside hind must step under horse's middle, ideally to rider's centre of gravity
Mares need more time to develop as longer in back & also need to learn to tip pelvis more than male horses, may need more stretch breaks to encourage core
In canter outside hind leg must stay active in collection.
Sometimes slowing the pace makes the horse work much harder.
Rider musn't do all the work or the horse doesnt learn to work for self.
Alignment with suppleness but not too much bend
Sometimes you need to give more time to ensure that horse gets time to grow as growing plates are still developing.
Weaker fetlock joint (to much give) limit collected work as will limit ability to deliver power to contact and will need careful shoeing.
Need to see even flexion in hind joints.
Ensure horse doesnt push against the leg with lack of contact to outside rein when lacks supple strength
Training the walk, take onto small 6m circle to keep suppleness when collecting a big walk
In order to create piaffe then needs to press down with leg to lift up
May twist hindlegs when tired, ensure horse isnt over worked. Ensure you ride on diffwrent surfaces
Look for evenness front & back.
Quality of transition now paramount, keep hind leg active
Keep horse's shoulders open esp inside foreleg to let hindleg through in transitions, think of placing inside hindleg between front legs in canter.