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It is very important to let the legs and thigh drape over the horse like a willow tree. Open the thighs from the crotch creating a big upside down U. If you create the slightest A with your legs, which would mean that you would be closing the thighs, even ever so slightly, you will begin to bounce on the horse. He then bounces you instead of you bouncing him. That is when things fall apart.

Relax the body and allow the hips to lead the shoulders and the knees. Leading with the hips balances the rider and allows the rider to mark the tempo of the stride.

The back must be strong and tall, the head must be in erect alignment over the spine so the rider can feel the weight of the head in the butt bones.

There must be no hinges in the back when you ride. The butt and legs must both be soft.

The rider needs a slight bend in the knee to soften the lower leg. Softening the lower leg also makes a way for the motion of the horse to escape through the knee. The rider must feel the motion of the trot, an up-down, up-down beat. As you feel the down beat of the trot, relax down with it allowing the motion of the horse to drop down, allowing it to drop past your seat and out the knee. If you don’t allow the motion to drop past your seat it will bounce back up through the body. So allow it to drop past your seat and shed from your body out the knee.

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Books One Three Four

Books One, Three, and Four can be purchased through paypal or by sending a check to

Carolyn Rose

849 Range Rd

Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426

For more information call 207-717-7701

Cost List

Book One                14.95    Balancing the Rider for Classical Dressage

Book Three            19.95    Backing the Young Horse for Classical Dressage

Book Four              29.95   A Book of Classical Dressage Training Through First Level

 

Total                    $64.85

 

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Follow Lydia Rose’s Training of Indie                                           Post # Two

Indie’s owner came to visit her to see how the training was going.  Lydia free lunged her, then lunged her with tack and side reins, then worked  her doing Piaffe.  Then Lydia brought her at the bleachers and had Kaylee sit on her and pat her rump and move all over with her legs and then  Lydia repeated the Piaffe work with Kaylee on Indie’s back.  Lydia and Kaylee had already spent time gradually getting her used to a rider just sitting on her.  Then I put Indie on a lunge line with Kaylee on her back at the walk.  Indie has become attached to Lydia, so she walked ahead of Indie so she  would feel secure.  We only did a very little so she wouldn’t get too nervous.  She was soooo good.
Her owner was pleased and proud of her horse. In the short time that she has been in for training (a little over a month), Indie has gone from a horse with no knowledge of what was expected of her, wild eyed and high strung, to a horse with calm attention and pride in herself and her work. We were so proud of Indie as well.
Indies training is following Book Three, “Backing the Young Horse”.

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 What is Classical Dressage  Series # One

Classical Dressage presents a horse and rider in perfect harmony with ease and grace.  The question is how is this accomplished?  In order to have a quiet graceful connection with your horse you must first figure out how to handle the motion of the horse.  Riders will handle the motion in many different ways. You will see riders sending it up through the body to a bobbing head, others will send it wiggling through the spine, others will take it into the hip and flip the hip.  All of these methods of dealing with the motion of the horse will shed it at the end of its rippling journey through the body, but it doesn’t present a Classical picture of graceful balance.  In order to present a classical picture you need to shed the motion down the thigh and out the knee, or allow the motion of the horse to fall your thigh and drop out your knee.  Also your connection with your horses mouth must be soft, yet asking and giving.  Whatever aids you choose to use must be invisible.  Thus a horse and rider with a Classical Dressage appearance.

All horses are trained in Classical Dressage the Aspirant Way at Isaac Royal Farm.   Each rider, rides her horse with a classical seat of elegant balance.  This technique allows you to become one with your horse and ride through the levels of dressage with ease and grace.  It creates a talented rider that can feel what her horse needs.   Carolyn Rose has written a series of books that explain this Classical Training technique in detail.

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The Aspirant Technique’s

Code of Ethics

Ride with Balance

Ride the language of the horse

Ride with understanding

Ride with partnership

Ride with light contact

Ride with a listening ear (to your horse)

Ride with treats

Ride with patience

Ride with peace

Ride with happiness

Ride with joy

Ride with love

Dance with your horse with lightness

Ride without spoiling the spirit of your horse

Ride without anger

Ride without frustration

Ride without noise in your head

Quiet your spirit and ride…

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Excerpts from Book Four

The use of the thigh as an aid,

merged with yielding are your foundation for

riding with lightness, ease and grace,

Added to respect, love and kindness.

 

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On Straightness – Excerpts from Book Four

In order to develop straightness your horse must be supple and have throughness.  In order to ride your horse to straightness he must first be able to bend.  He must be able to balance off the inside shoulder and have suppleness on both sides of his shoulders.  Straightness down the center line begins at Intro and follow you and your horse all the way to Grand Prix, along with straightness across the diagonals.  Your horse must also be straight on all straight lines and bent on all bent lines.  He must be able to walk, trot, and canter in shoulder fore before he is able to travel straight.  Shoulder fore is a fundamental foundation exercise, there are no short cuts.  If you have neglected this work or your horse has lost this work you need to go back and re-establish your straightness through shoulder fore.   Thereafter, you must ride stride after stride with the thought of maintaining your horse’s balance by being aware of the inside of your horse as to whether he is straight or out of balance on an inside shoulder or falling out through the outside shoulder.  A horse will fall out of straightness by leaning on the inside shoulder or the outside shoulder.  It is your job as a rider to maintain your horses straightness by your constant awareness of the outside and inside of your horse.  Shoulder fore is easily ridden by a slight roll of the thigh against the shoulder to ask the horse to yield off the inside shoulder.  Later a quick touch of the inside thigh will remind the horse to maintain his straightness.  He will always need you to be there for this elegant balance.

More on straightness in Book Four.

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