SUCH A GREAT WEEKEND riding and teaching in Sweden! There is always such a positive vibe teaching at the yards over here. Very happy to see both old and new faces, but goldie of this weekend was for sure to see my all time favourite girl NIBBLES! Incredibly grateful to see her so happy and healthy in my home town with her new rockstar mum Annika <3
One kind dressage reminder today: To improve the balance of the horse it is necessary to raise the head and neck. This can be achieved only with the increase of correct collection. The connection between raising the head and neck – and collection is one of the most misinterpreted of dressage. The degree to which the neck can be raised will be decided by the conformation and strength of the horse, and it will be less with a horse that is weak in the hindquarters and the back. If the rider demands a higher frame then the horse is ready for – the horse will drop his back under the weight of the rider, show discomfort for going forward or no longer be able to bring his hind legs under his body.
To strengthen the back the horse needs to carry his rider with a straight back and seek contact with the bit by lowering his head. ONLY then will the rider, by use of the pushing aids, be able to make the horse step more under his body with the hind legs. There are no horses that are “leg aid numb” with this preparation. Then, by focusing more and more of the energy towards the back the hind legs will be able to come more under the body- and the head, neck and back will be able to come into a higher position, in relation to the back. In correct collection.