15 Dressage Training Tips from Lisa Wilcox
15 Dressage Training Tips from Lisa Wilcox Top rider Lisa Wilcox and her trainer, Ernst Hoyos, provide insight into their training methods that can help all riders.
Lisa Wilcox and Ernst Hoyos at a NEDA clinic
Three professionals brought the horses on which Wilcox
and Hoyos demonstrated their training methods: Adam Lastowka brought
Macho, a 9-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by Paula Fiorenza
and Paint It Black, a 6-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Emily Glidden.
He trains at Wadsworth Farm in Danvers, Massachusetts. Christopher Hickey
of Westhampton, Massachusetts, and Wellington, Florida, brought Werbellin,
a 9-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Rachel Ehrlich; and Lisette
Milner brought her 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding Skydancer and 8-year-old
Dutch Warmblood stallion
Wilcox and Hoyos work in-hand with Paint It Black.
1. Never come into the barn and say, "I have one hour to ride and then I have to get home." Always come with a plan, never a timetable.
2. If a horse had too much bend in his neck during the shoulder-in, try this correction: As you come around the corner, let him think he is going onto the diagonal but ask him to do shoulder-in down the long side instead. First try it on the track and use the wall. Next try it on the second track.
3. To improve, ask yourself, "What am I doing in my body?" You have to have control over your own body to ride well.
4. The more you step into your inside stirrup, the more you are in the horse's center of gravity.
5. To make a horse's trot longer and bigger, drive forward into a more constant connection. This will make the rib cage looser.
6. See how your horse is reacting. Feel how he is feeling. Get a feel for when your horse is tired. You de-motivate a horse to work hard when he is tired. Know your horse's personality. All horses are different so the trainer must have a feel for all types.
7. With foundation work, you create a happy mind in your horse that allows you to do the hard stuff later on.
8. The rider's seat, in general, is straight for collected trot, a bit back for the passage and a tad forward and lighter for the piaffe. None of these are extreme changes.
emphasized that if a horse fidgets with his head, don't react or pull.
10. If a horse gets strong, you must send him forward. Do a 10-meter circle to get him connected again.
11. The horse is not carrying himself if his head is bobbing up and down at the poll. To correct this, the rider must have very quiet hands and keep her stomach out and quiet. There must be no disturbances in the mouth. Just push him forward.
12. To keep your hands steady and quiet, form a bridge with the reins by holding both of them in both hands.
horses that are not self-motivated to go forward, the rider must be
much use of haunches-in might not send the horse into the future correctly
because the hind end can come up instead of down and put the horse on
his forehand. Shoulder-in and shoulder-fore are better exercises because
they always keeps the inside hind leg stepping under. Use many variations
of shoulder-fore and shoulder-in--different grades and angles help the
horse find his rhythm and become supple.