Practical Horseman – Using Hills to Challenge Your Dressage Horse

Tips for riding outside of the arena with Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel

Riding outside of the arena can help motivate a lazier horse to find more desire to go forward on his own, as it can help a hotter horse to blow off some steam. For example, I might use hills to help a fiery stallion stay balanced in his extensions and to learn to carry himself since the incline will keep him from taking over. The gradients in the fields allow him to keep pushing without falling on his forehand on the inclines, and encourage him to lower his croup and take more weight behind when he goes downhill, both of which produce a horse who is stronger and more balanced.

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