All exercises such as the circle, shoulder-in, haunches-in, renvers, half-pass and pirouette, can be done h in Groundwork and in Work in hand.
The main difference is the equipment you use in Groundwork and Work in hand.
- Groundwork is done with one rein or a single line
- Work in hand is done with two reins
When educating your horse, it’s best to use all 5 Straightness Training components:
- Work in hand
- At liberty
This video gives you a 15 sec overview of the 5 training components:
See that last part? 👀
The part right before you reach your goal? 🏁
The part that’s hopelessly steep with showers coming down on you? 🌧
That’s what happens right before you have massive success! 🎯
So you have to hold on.
The forward-down tendency and lowering the horses neck is an important part of riding horses, and it’s the second key of Straightness Training, but it is not the only part!
When a rider rides a horse only in forward-down – without engaging the hind legs in a proper way – the following symptoms might arise:
- The horse leans on the rein and uses the hand of the rider for support, like a fifth leg.
- The horsae might stumble and overreach because the front legs are too slow leaving the ground.
- The horse will develop only pushing ability and not any carrying ability , so he will never learn to carry the rider in balance.
- Due to the weight of the rider that is added to the front legs, strain injuries can occur.
- The horse moves “downhill”.
Whenever you are doing Straightness Training, always introduce your horse to his environment before you introduce him to the exercises, especially in clinics in a foreign environment. Read More..