Author: Lynn Palm

Communicating With Your Aids, Part 4

The rider’s aids are the tools with which the rider communicates with his/her horse. The “natural” aids the rider uses are the seat, the legs, and the hands. The rider’s legs and seat control the two-thirds of the horse’s body from the withers back. The rider’s hands control the forward one-third of the horse’s body, including the shoulders, neck, and head.

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Communicating With Your Aids, Part 3

Most people who do any form of exercise know that it is important to warm up. Because a horse is an athlete too, he also needs a pre-exercise warm-up routine to help loosen and limber up his muscles after standing in a stall or in a pasture. A warm-up also prepares the horse’s mind, as well as his body, for the work you will be asking him to do — whether it is schooling, trail riding, pleasure riding, or showing.

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Communicating With Your Aids, Part 2

This month’s article is the second in a series based on part two of my five-part visual series, “Dressage Principles for the Western and English Horse and Rider.” This section is titled “Communicating with Your Aids…Keys to Success” because I believe that it contains the lessons every rider needs to create a responsive and willing horse.

Last month I discussed the importance of a horse that stands still while the rider mounts and the rider’s responsibilities during the mounting process. In this article I will give you more advice on how to mount safely.

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Communicating With Your Aids, Part 1

This month’s article is the beginning of a series based on the second part of my visual series, “Dressage Principles for the Western and English Horse and Rider.” This part is titled “Communicating with Your Aids—Keys to Success” because I believe that it contains the lessons every rider needs to learn in order to create a responsive and willing horse.

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