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Laura Collett and Dickie Waygood’s two workouts


  • Dickie Waygood supplied some leaping workouts “you are able to do with dressage horses to beat the winter blues” on the London Horse Present at this time, with Olympic gold medal-winning eventer Laura Collett as demo rider on the eight-year-old Outback.

    The session began with cantering over a fan of three poles, with the horse bouncing in between the poles with out taking a stride. The center pole was then raised to be a small leap.

    “It is a nice train for suppleness, energy and conditioning work for horses, and helps get the horse and rider’s eye in,” mentioned Dickie.

    “There’s one thing right here for everybody – the within line calls for a barely extra collected canter, the skin line a much bigger canter. The rider’s work is completed on the preparation level [a few strides before the poles].”

    Dickie mentioned riders must ask themselves three easy questions when driving such workouts:

    • Am I in stability?
    • Do I’ve the right manner of going for the query in hand?
    • Am I offering the suitable line?

    “All these questions have sub-paragraphs – for instance, sitting in stability contains having your weight by way of the heel, contact with the leg, contact with the rein,” he mentioned.

    Dickie additionally inspired Laura to look the place she was going and to see the poles in her peripheral imaginative and prescient as she was going over them.

    “Then you’ll be able to focus on driving the racing line,” he mentioned. “In case you drop your head on the strategy to a fence, you’ve all of a sudden put 100% of your weight over the entrance finish of the horse.”

    The trio then moved on to work over 4 small fences which had been organized in order that they may very well be jumped on a circle. Initially Laura put Outback over every one after which turned to make a circle outwards earlier than approaching the subsequent leap.

    “The circles enhance rideability – you can also make them 10m, 8m, 15m,” mentioned Dickie. “It is a nice train to maintain horses contemporary.”

    Laura then moved on to leap the 2 fences on reverse sides of the circle consecutively and eventually jumped proper spherical over all 4 fences with two strides between every leap.

    “Don’t be obsessive about distances – sit in stability, have the right line, the right canter,” mentioned Dickie. “You may play with the train – in case your area is just 20m broad, you’ll be able to shut the fences proper in. It’s a enjoyable train for horses and works their energy muscle groups.”

    Laura Collett commented that this train demonstrated on the London Horse Present highlighted that Outback is extra supple and rideable on one rein than the opposite and on his worse rein she needed to be conscious that he didn’t fall in or bulge out.

    Lastly, Dickie requested Laura to trip down the centre line, by way of two pairs of poles on the ground with a block to leap between every pair – the one train demonstrated which he mentioned he wouldn’t essentially counsel for dressage horses.

    He defined: “It’s the horse’s job to keep away from the fence and the again legs have to observe the entrance legs. If the again legs don’t observe the entrance legs [and the horse’s shoulder wavers], the horse loses the power to elongate and shorten,  so the one approach to keep away from a fence is to look previous it, but when the again legs observe the entrance, the horse has the power to shuffle or put in a brief one, however keep straight on railway tracks.”

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