Accuracy of the track and suppleness of the horse – Step 2
This second part of the exercise is to be done at a canter with a horse well-schooled and responding perfectly to the leg and hand aids. The rider will have to be demanding to be in a perfect control of the 4 feet of the horse.
Time: 7 min 30
Accuracy of the track and suppleness of the horse - Step 1
An excellent exercise to test the precision and lightness of the rider’s aids while working on the submission and the suppleness of the horse.
Time: 9 min 30
Steadiness of the canter and control of the steering when jumping
The goal of this exercise is to control the horse’s shoulders and haunches on a grid while staying in the same canter rhythm throughout the set-up. The slight curve of the track makes it a bit more challenging...
Time: 8 min 30
Test you ability to stay in the position of the middle
The rider can only stay in control of his position, no matter the situation, by learning to control his mind. This is the goal of the exercise in this session. A very easy to set-up exercise proven to be effective in getting the horse and rider to stay alert mentally and physically for whatever situation that could arise.
Time: 3 min 55
Breathing and relaxation in the action
We’ve learned that a good oxygenation of the body is a key player in the muscle and mind relaxation. However, to learn to breathe correctly when riding requires some practice. This is today’s focus of this new exercise from Michel.
Time: 3 min 30
Rider’s effectiveness in a 3 point position and a forward seat
This exercise is a good test to know if the rider is equally effective whatever her position: seated or forward seat. The goal is to get the horse to keep the same canter rhythm and the same pushing power, especially in the turns as horses have a tendency to decrease their impulsion in the turns.
Time: 6 min 20
Improve your balance and your upper body relaxation when riding
Michel offers a specific exercise that is extremely effective to release any tensions the rider might have especially in the arms and shoulders. We all know how bad the rider’s upper body stiffness can impact the horse’s mouth and consequently the comprehension of the aids. Michel offers an easy solution to correct this bad habit and provides good reflexes...
Time: 5 min
Learn how to control your mind when approaching a fence
The primary goal of this session is to get the rider and horse to reach a state of serenity. Michel has developed an exercise helping riders to become aware of the moment they lose control of their mind and of their actions approaching a fence.
Time: 13 min 40
Test your connexion with your horse
This exercise is comprehensive and technical, which is among Michel’s favourite exercises. It teaches the riders to be very meticulous in their position, the track they are on and the control of the speed. It is a perfect exercise to practise the basics prior to a jumping session. The goal is to program the horse and rider before jumping.
Time: 9 min
Varying the canter stride length over lines
Being able to modify the length of the canter strides allows the rider to better assess and deal with the difficulties encountered during jumping courses. That said, the ability to feel and modify the horse stride can be acquired only with the repetition of specific exercises as the one Michel is introducing here.
Time: 7 min 45