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Horse Articles :: Dressage Level III
Dressage Level III
Straightness: Call it nature's fat but horses are
crooked, naturally. To straight them up is the job of the
rider/trainer. This is seen in many horses: they canter with
their quarters slightly in. It is basically caused by not
proper lateral suppleness, i.e. one side more flexible than
other or maybe a weaker hind leg. So in order to achieve a
powerful dressage horse you need to follow a good training
program which would lead to absolute straightness.
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How to know if my horse is already straight?
In order to check that, see if his hind foot steps are in
the line of the front foot.
Collection: Ever felt like letting go the horse and
he would still ride smoothly on his own? Ever had that feeling?
This would happen if your horse has proper collected moves.
Collection, the pinnacle of training level dressage pyramid,
is the ultimate goal for the trainer of any dressage horse.
If all the previous exercises are done properly then collection
automatically happens. Collection includes the following:
Lowering of the croup Shorter and higher steps and Lightness
of the forehand
Collection is possible in troy, canter and walk which is achieved
by collecting exercises. If every exercise of the training
level dressage program is done correctly, you will get a perfect
dressage horse with collected moves, perfect rhythm and he
would be able to self carry himself and the rider without
any interference from the rider.
This is the third and the final installment of the Training
Level Dressage program. This part includes the last two steps
of the training program which could turn your horse into a rising
star: straightness and collection. Grab your free training program
here: Training Level Dressage:
The Training Scale Explained III: Turn your ordinary horse
into a shining star.