How many of you have had the comment “needs a more consistent contact” from the judges?
The dictionary definition of connect is to join, link or fasten together, to unite or to establish a sympathetic harmonious relationship. In these days of social media we think of connecting as adding friends, or linking profiles, networking, whichever way you look at it making a connection with someone or something is about you putting in some effort so that you can come together. When that something is a horse and you are thinking about Dressage riding, developing a clear, non-verbal language with your horse means making a connection and is where your dressage journey begins.
Those of you who subscribe to the blog know that one of the first questions I ask you is “What are you struggling with?” The most frequent answer to this question is something that is absolutely fundamental to the success of your Dressage journey and that is ‘Contact’. Without a useful and consistent contact you will be unable to communicate with your horse; you will be unable to ‘engage in any type of conversation’ or convey any message effectively. It’s a really widespread problem.
Establishing the contact, maintaining the contact, making a connection, being above the bit, getting behind the bit, head tilting, head wobbling/shaking, strong contact, soft contact; there are a myriad of issues, so for those of you that need help let’s explore a little further and see if we can get you on track.