So I am not much of an autograph person, but I realized, I had my notebook with me, and so I had Charlotte autograph my notes!
This is a continuation of my notes of a 2 day clinic, Charlotte Dujardin Masterclass – part 2
Day 2 notes.
The 4 YO.
- Stretch young horses at the end of sessions, begin with 15 minutes of walk, 10-15 minutes of stretching, then work.
- Look for a swinging tail
- forward and forward thinking
- Don’t ride with the hand brake on
- forward and back
- leg yield to rail to shoulder fore
- counter canter, when the young horse falls out of counter canter, go from corner letter to X, pick up the counter canter, so H to X, right lead to K in counter canter.
- Don’t stop as a correction!
The 5YO DHH
- short horses – make them longer
- long horses – make them shorter
- Shoulder fore must come from moving the shoulder, not bending
- Use rising trot posting to slow, not hands
The 8 YO 4th level horse
- It is easier to teach a horse to be lighter and back off the bit than to teach one to reach forward and pull
- shoulder fore
- Point the horse’s nose at the marker, where you want him to go
- From canter walk, the first stop of walk is stepping forward, not pulling back.
- Travers on a circle – keep pushing the neck out, not pulling it back.
- If you don’t ride a good corner, your movement does not start out good
- Test riding is important, don’t lose marks by being inaccurate. Learn a 8m circle for PSG. Note to self: set up cones for an 8m circle in ring at home
Next rider, the 16 YO mare
- Shorten reins (again, was this me???)
- Reins short, ears up
- Don’t let the horse take over in pirouette
- Changes – that counting again
- Change – 2 – 3 – 4
- Change – 2 – 3
- Change – 2
- PSG Trot work
- Don’t slow down in half pass
- get a good 8m circle
- massage the bit
- come out of corner
- shoulder in to E/B
- 8m circle
- half pass to center line to A/C
- back to corner, rinse repeat
- Do the other direction
Last ride, the PRE stallion
- Canter zig zags
- the counting again
- Over – 2 – 3 – 4 – straight – change
- 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6
- the counting again
- Don’t do the hokey pokey – don’t swing your body side to side/twisting
- Sometimes the harder you use your leg, the stiffer they get
- Canter pirouettes on center line
- start small – get bigger, not start big and get smaller…
- come in on shoulder fore, starting small…let it get bigger
- What you hate doing is what you need to practice.
- All halts should be square. ALL.
- when fixing the halt, require immediate reaction to the leg to step forward.
Overall, this was an amazing clinic. All the horse and rider pairs were harmonious, all worked hard, the pairs selected were a good representation of the kinds of training problems we all encounter with different horse types.
I just finished a month of rest for my back, and it helped, so now it is back to my own riding. I have goals this year, but that is for another post.
If you have a chance to watch (or even better ride!!!!) with Charlotte, do it. She is funny, observant, and there is a reason she’s broken all records.