Training Tip Tuesday - Set Your Expectations When Working with Young Horses!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Posted by DressageTrainingOnline.com


Katrin Bettenworth
Katrin Bettenworth
Working with young horses? DressageTrainingOnline.com introduces new training sessions with Katrin Bettenworth (GER) that help you set your expectations. Ever wonder if you are asking enough or too much of your young horse? I have! I know these two new training sessions will assist you in bettering your understanding of what a realistic expectation looks like. In these newly released videos, you will gain more understanding of: What '8' gaits look like in a young horse, how a sensitive electric horse can move toward relaxation and trust, walk pirouettes with a 5-year-old and proper counter canter expectations for the young horse. As a Pferdewirtschaftsmeisterin, Katrin has achieved more than 150 wins in Klasse S (Advanced) Dressage.As a German Grand Prix trainer and competitor she has taught clinics all over Europe, including Spain, Italy, Denmark and England. Katrin has trained many horses from the lower levels to the Grand Prix including three horses that competed in the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany, 2006.

New Video - 4-year-old Reality Training Session

This horse is very sensitive, previously bolting when the leg was applied and especially in transitions. They have now gotten to a point where the mare will accept the leg and they work on simple requirements such as getting a forward, normal, obedient trot and canter. You can see that this horse seems to like to come behind the bit, however in part 2 this fixes itself a great deal.

Once the mare is more over the back and pushing from behind, the nose becomes more consistently on the vertical. This fixes itself and isn't addressed so much, because at this stage of training, they want the poll lower and rounder since in the past the mare wanted to stick her nose in the air more often than not. Now the horse is obviously more relaxed and chewing on the bit.  
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New Video - 5-year-old Reality Training Session

This 5-year-old Hanoverian, has received an 8 on all gaits and went to the Bundeschampionate. In this warm up the start with long, deep and low in the neck set, focusing on rhythm, relaxation, with forward and straight. Next they work the forward and back in the canter, getting the horse more sensitive to the aids and getting more activity from the hind end. Katrin then hops on board and takes over the ride from her assistant to focus on the 5 yr. old test movements. Canter walk transitions, working towards more collection and counter canter work. Walk pirouettes and the aids are discussed in detail. Medium trot worked on. Work on the halt on the centerline.   
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Previously Released Videos

Rafael Soto - ESP
Rafael Soto Andrade is the head trainer of the Spanish Riding School in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Aboard Invasor, he participated in three Olympic Games: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. They were also the second best performing Spanish pair at the World Equestrian Games in Rome (1998), Jerez de la Frontera (2002) and Aachen (2006). With Invasor, he showed at four European Championships and finished in the top ten riders in both the World Equestrian Games in Jerez in 2002 and in the Athens Olympics in 2004.    
New Video - Grand Prix

In this video they work the half pass zig zag breaking it down into different section before putting it all together. Rafael uses some different exercises to create soft even and honest contact continuously bringing the rider back to thinking supple, soft neck, with reach. Rafael also works with the rider on creating immediate smooth transitions from the piaffe.
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Jody Hartstone-NZ
Shortlisted for Athens Olympics on Landios o and the 2010 WEG qualified rider for Dressage representing New Zealand, Jody teaches and lectures worldwide emphasizing her training based on scientific principles of behavioural theory. "The rider's aids are all trained systematically and one at a time," Hartstone explained. "One should be careful not to apply two cues at once and ensure that the pressure-release aids (reins or legs) are trained effectively before one moves on to subtle aids like the seat. Basically reins are there to slow down, legs to go, reins to turn and leg for yield. Most important is to train the legs of the horse before training its frame. It is very different from what we see in many training yards where horses are sent to. With them rein pressure and reins are no longer effective to slow down the horses' leg. Paramount is self carriage. The horses are taught from breaking in to hold their own rhythm, direction and outline."
New Video - Understanding Your Horse's Brain, Part 7 of 7 part series. Classical Conditioning. 
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