Apr 2018 - dressage movements: part two

Malcolm and the lovely Charlie first, working to perfect his riding further. I know he wont mind me saying, but like me, he is an older rider, only riding for 4 years, but a keen dressage enthusiast. He has Charlie on part loan, and wants to move up to novice later this year. But first, we need to get his seat stronger and teach him to get Charlie on the bit. His 'Dalek' arms didn't help, but by the end of the session it was a very different picture!

He achieved the idea of getting Charlie to work rounder this morning and I was so pleased with him. The idea was to show some of the basic exercises/movements for prelim dressage, but I now realise that we need to do this with one of my working students or Kay, to show the movements, so that we do not need to work too much on the rider. However, I hope members will find it interesting as Malcolm said he had particularly bad marks for Charlie's free walk, as he wouldn't take the rein down at all. He did this morning for Malcolm who was delighted. Malcolm is a very intelligent and enquiring man and I would love to work more with him. He has a super horse to ride in Charlie, and I know that have got a lot more to come!

Second up is 17hh Titch, who we had worked with last week in the snaffle, also with Morgan up, and had proven to be very heavy in the hand and hard work to try to keep round in the snaffle.

So Fitzworthy owner, Kim put him in the double for Morgan today, and the difference was so immediate, that when he walked through the indoor school door, I had to look twice to see it was the same horse.  He is such a talented horse, HUGE moving warmblood, very sensitive, and with an ability to 'sit' that wouldn't disgrace an Iberian. 

I am going to offer to take Kim and Titch on as a project for OCRA. He has so much natural elevation in his trot and a wonderful rhythm, plus a massive canter, very uphill especially on the left rein. I think he would be a fantastic project to work on, now that Tivo has gone to his new owner, where he has settled immediately and bonded with Andi, I am delighted to say.

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