So … watching my partner give his very close friend some riding tips, I witnessed the transformation of the horse from a horse going “nicely” to a horse which looked spectacular and whilst both horse and rider were going very well the number of times he asked the rider to ‘pat’ the horse with the inside rein seemed excessive to me.

Later, I asked whether he might have asked the rider to reward the horse a little too much.

“She has developed a bad habit of using the inside rein a little too much, by asking her to continually pat the horse, particularly coming up to and through the corners, with the inside hand I –

a) got her to release the inside hand thereby ensuring she was not using it to steer the horse andClever

b) checked that the horse was in self carriage and steady in its head carriage.”


Patricia – The Dressage Tipster

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