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Horse Articles :: Dressage Level II
Dressage Level II
Many a times people confuse good contact with a horse with
the horse being trained. That is not the case. If a horse
accepts the rider's seat, hands and legs, it is same that
he is offering the rider a good connection or good contact
but this doesn't necessarily mean that you can ride your horse
like a pro without any precaution. Good contact is achieved
when your dressage horse accepts your ownership and responds
to your movements and actions which include:
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"seat and leg aids while maintaining a round outline with
a mouth that is relaxed and accepting the bit."
So how exactly can you tell if your training level dressage
or your normal horse is in good contact with you?
You should check for the following posture:
If the horse's back is lifted, his quarters engaged, his poll
at the highest point, his jaw relaxed and his nose a hint
in front of the vertical then congratulations you have successfully
proved yourself a good trainer and your ride would be smooth.
Impulsion: Every being poses energy be it a human or
an animal. A horse can only show his full energy if he is
in good contact with the rider. There is an energy flow released
by the rider that causes the horse's back to swing, his forelegs
to articulate and his quarters to engage and this my friends
is known as impulsion.
This is the second part of training level dressage scale:
contact and impulsion. Keep these tips in mind if you want a
healthy and happy relation with your horse and want the performer
in him to come out. Visit: Training
Level Dressage: The Training Scale Explained II - Turn your
average horse into a shining star.