/what are ways i can quicky improve my dressage skills?

Question by Solstrum<3: /what are ways i can quicky improve my dressage skills?
I’m currently taking dressage lesson and am quickly learning, but would like to know some tips on how i can become better at riding dressage. any tips are great! (would love personal experience rather than just of a website!)
I kno that it takes hard work cocentration and pracitce but is there a way i could preform beter?

Best answer:

Answer by anonymous
practice practice practice

there is no over-night remedy
just hard work and concentration

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5 thoughts on “/what are ways i can quicky improve my dressage skills?

  1. There is no secret to dressage except practice and taking your time.

    “There is no instant dressage. One should count in years, not in days.” – Bengt Ljungquist

  2. Any type of riding takes time, practise, experience and a lot of hard work.
    Dressage, as with every other aspect of riding, is primarily based on your seat, and aids projected to the horse. The more work you do on your personal seat, they way you give aids to your horse and your balance, the better you will find your dressage will become. It is hard starting out, because your trying to think of how to get your riding right, how your horse is going and feeling. Just try working on yourself for a couple of weeks, getting the basics right.

    Some good exercises to help with this are as follows:
    Ride without your stirrups
    Stand up in your strirrups (helps with balance)
    Being consious of your rythm, dont rush your horse or get angry when it doesnt feel right, think about what is going wrong
    never ride with your head down, it creates an uneven balance on your horse, and your riding
    Try things like putting a peice of cardboard between your lower leg and the horse – this will help you think about keeping your legs from swining,
    Put a 50 bill under your bottom when cantering – pretending your rubbing it for interest, that will keep your hips swining with the horses movement and not coming out of the saddle each stride.

    Simple things to remember:
    Keep your chin up, heels down, and let yourself move with the horse.

    Hope i have been of some help to you!

    Cheers 🙂

  3. I have been riding English Pleasure for years. I have taken hunt seat and jumping lessons on and off, but I started consistently taking dressage lessons about 8 months ago. I really love it! Anyway, I love my instructor, and she is awesome. She specifically uses all types of metaphors and talks about each muscle, etc. She gets a lot of her stuff from Mary Wanless and has studied with her in England. She got Mary to come here and give a clinic 3 weeks ago, and I got to go to one session. I would really reccommend buying a Mary Wanless video. It will help you think about so many different things. Anyway, here are a bunch of tips, on and off horse, that you may or may not know.
    –shoulders back, head up and back, straight line shoulder-hip-heel. Don’t lean too far back…a lot of people do this & get behind the vertical.
    -spiral your legs in: think of pointing your toes towards the horse, this should spiral your legs in towards the horse more and remove your ankles/feet/heels from being on the horse, though they will be used as an aid. Your toes will be dead straight pointing ahead. Your weight will and should be resting on the inside of your thighs and not on the bottoms of your thighs. basically, if the horse flew out from underneath you, you would be in a standing position with your knees bent and toes straght ahead.
    -think front tendons up: there are tendons that attach your thighs to your pelvis right in the middle of the front of your thigh. You should be squeezing with your thigh but should have those tendons loose, allowing you to sit deeper in the saddle. This is especially helpful for canter.
    -tight core: you need to strengthen your core: take pilates and yoga classes. When you ride, engage your abdominal muscles and your back and lateral muscles. you should be engaging all of your core muscles but still breathing deep into your abdomen.
    –foot light: you are squeezing with your thighs, you should have hardly any weight 15% max in your stirrups.
    –hands still: you need to have constant connection with the bit. When you trot, you need to lenghthen and shorten your arm length. To do this, you will bend and straighten your arms a little, all the while keeping your hands still.
    –when i am at work (or if you are in school, work, etc.) I try to tighten all of my core (stomach, side, and back muscles). I also try to sit up straight at my desk w/ my back flat, my legs on either side of the chair, and my legs spiraled inward. Of course, I can’t do this all day–look weird and feel weird–but I practice it a few times
    –When posting, make sure you get to the top of the rise, right over the pommel–you should be straight up and down at the top. however, you should also be able to control your horse’s trot from your post. To slow your horse and lengthen his stride, stay up longer in the post and down longer in the seat. This is reeeeaaaaallllllyyyy hard at first. It will help to use a neck strap—this goes around the horses neck. You can hold onto it with one hand, along with your reins. this will help you pause a little longer at the top of the rise, which is really hard while you are still developing insane dressage muscles. I did this at the wanless clinic, and it helped tremendously. It is amazing how the horse responds to this. Think as if there was chewing gum stuck to your butt, like there is resistance to getting to the top of the rise, pause, and resistance going back into your seat, pause.
    –canter: again, foot light, front tendons up, lats down—push down with your muscles on your sides,move your butt down and up towards your pubic bone, then quickly move your butt all the way back to the cantle to follow the motion of the canter. move your hands with the horses head and keep constant contact.
    –circles: when doing cirles, make sure that your horse is flexed inward.his nose should be pointing slightly in but do not overbend. squeeze with your inside leg and sponge your inside rein a little…Also, practice counter flexion to stretch him and encourage him to bend at the poll, flex, get into a frame, etc. on the circle use the same cues, but do it on the outside leg and rein.

    There are a million things I could tell you…I’d write all day. Feel free to email me. I am still learning myself, especially putting them all into practice, but I have gained a good amount of head knowledge due to my instructors and clinics (2 clinics), including lessons on anatomy and the physiology of riding…they even had a fake skeleton pelvis on a saddle, etc. If there are specific things you want to know, I can help you. However, it is hard to help too much without being there in person.

    The best advice is to ride often, ride with different instructors that are extremely knowledgeable and who have studied under people well-known in the field of dressage. have someone take picture and videos of you so that you can see what you look like when riding. I am always surpris

  4. All you can do is practice. I know it seems like you’re never getting any batter, but with the help of a good trainer you will. I just took up dressage in October and because my trainer is so good I’ve been improving rapidly, but every few months or so a rider will find themselves in a rut. That’s where i was before I found my trainer. I ultimate goal is to be a hunter jumper, so the dressage is just helping me on my way. I would practice practice practice, that’s all you can one day, you will have an Aha moment and you’ll be great. Good Luck.

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