So much support in January with the training task! Amazing to see people getting involved, even if you didn’t share videos, letting me know how you went and asking load of questions.
This month for March – thinking I might do the training tasks bimonthly … because sometimes time escapes me! 🙂
Figure of 8’s
This training task will focus on:
- the accuracy of each circle
- the flexion and bend to the new direction.
- Balance and regularity of the trot. (or canter for challenging yourself)
Things to think about:
- Having both 20m circles even
- Riding the outside shoulder on the line
- The change of rein over x
Benefits of this exercise:
- Improving suppleness
- Improve the bend through the body
- Equal bend on both reins
To mix it up during your training, you can make a walk transition at ‘x’ when changing the bend to the new direction.
To make it more challenging, you can do the figure of 8 at a canter. Ensuring you keep the regularity of the canter on the 20m circles while riding the line. You want a balanced transition at ‘x’ and preparation for both the transition down into trot then into canter.
If you have any questions email me! Or pop over into the Team Standardbred group, make sure you share your videos!
Over the Christmas break I had this idea to put together little challenges or tasks for 2021. Something to get us thinking about the different aspects of our training, keep us motivated, help with current issues or just something we haven’t thought about before. It is not something competitive to see who can do something ‘better’!
This month for January I wanted to do a ‘transitions’ task.
Now this training task will focus on:
Transitions within the gait
- Trot– focusing on the horse to wait and to be able to come back on our aids then to be able to go back into a working trot again.
- Canter – If you have a few more miles under your belt to be able to play around with the canter more, it’s a great exercise to start to work with.
Things to think about:
- Keeping balance – not letting them want to pick up the lateral pair. They must keep the diagonal pair.
- Connection in the bridle- keep a consistent contact and connection with the frame. We don’t want the frame/posture to change only the tempo.
- Not to bring them back too far and getting stuck.
- The idea is to keep the balance throughout the exercise being adjustable within the trot or canter work.
- Finding that area where they might want to break into a pace. When you find that area and build on from it, you’ll know where your limits are.
- If they are wanting to break into a pace while doing this exercise. Start to troubleshoot.
- Bring it onto a 20m circle.
- While in working trot, connecting your inside leg to your outside rein. This is helping to connect the horses inside hind leg to the outside shoulder.
- Make sure you have a good connection through the reins and into the bridle.
- Ride a shoulder fore on the circle before starting to play around with the transitions.
Benefits of this task:
- Great exercise when you’re warming up if they are behind your leg
- Finding more gears within your work
- Getting the horse to use their hind quarters more
- Will improve transitions in and out
Share your videos in the Team Standardbred Facebook group or if you don’t want to post in the group send them to me directly!
Any questions please ask away in the Facebook group or contact me directly I’m more than happy to help!
I’ll be popping up my video over the next few days!
Just remember we are all on this training train together 🙂