There are several small tricks that many people tend to miss in dressage. These can ultimately improve your dressage test and score.
In the sport of dressage a good first impression is imperative and can be the difference between being forced to fight for points from the start or being a benchmark to begin your test. You should break the halt into components to ensure a flawless performance.
- Entrance- Have a smooth entrance aimed to the center line sporting a confident canter. Concentrate on staying straight, and the quality of your pace.
- Transition to halt- Make sure you are straight and your horse is responding to your seat and hand aid to create a smooth transition.
- The halt- Make sure during your training sessions you have someone watching you practicing the halt. Try not to look over the side as this will result in an unsettled horse and increases the possibility of the horse moving. Make immobility your goal, keep your seat balanced and your eyes through the horses ears.
- Exit- Make sure you leave the halt precisely. Keep it simple with a graceful salute and a nod to acknowledge the judges. This transition requires a lot of practice.
Transitions are highlighted by judges as important and is where a lot of riders will loose the majority of their points. Practice all of your transitions in and out of movements ans gaits. This is a very simple way to improve your score.
Execute each movement with precision and aim, focusing on the letter you are aiming for and strive to maintain straightness and accuracy. When doing a diagonal line with a change at the end, remember it is not supposed to be executed on the wall but on the diagonal itself.
A corner is a good opportunity to correct yourself so make sure you are utilizing every corner to gauge your performance. Take advantage of the corner by doing a half halt, to let yourself bring everything together to come out of the corner confident and well prepared to start the next movement.
It is very important to visualize the arena you will be riding in for the competition. By doing this you will feel more at ease on the day of the test and you will be able to focus on your performance better.
10 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Horse Stirrups
1. A door knocker.
A simple little way of letting visitors know that they’re about to enter a horse property. A great first impression.
2. A towel holder.
Any way you can get a little reminder of your horses into your everyday decor is a good idea. This lovely little touch makes you feel like you’re in a luxury BnB ranch,
3. Wind chimes.
A great idea that looks nice and sounds even better. Wind chimes are underrated, right?
4. Candle light holders.
Beautiful, simple and easy to set up. As in the photo, it’s best to make sure these aren’t actual open flames, but LED lights.
A wonderful way to liven up your back patio.
5. A dream catcher.
If you’re into the bohemian look, an old English stirrup can be made into a nice dream catcher with some simple crafting techniques.
6. A lamp.
Another project using an old english stirrup, this lamp gives a nice rustic look to a room, and uses the stirrup very subtly.
7. A Christmas wreath centrepiece.
Old stirrups are versatile because of their simple shape – they look great in a whole lot of different designs.
8. A decoration.
Super simple, right? Make use of that naturally beautiful shape of the stirrup and hang a little decoration in there with twine.
9. A hand towel holder.
Or a napkin holder. Either way, all you need is an English stirrup. Nothing else
10. A photo frame.
Beautiful! An elegant way to keep your memories.
English stirrups can be attached to the wall and used as tiny shelves for trinkets. Excellent.
5 Things Everyone Should Have In Their Shed
A shed is really all about how you use it. It should be more than just a place to park your cars; you took the time and spent the money to get it built, so why not make proper use of it?
We’ve put together a list of things that every shed should have
A first aid kit
Even if you have a first aid kit in the home, it’s a really good idea to have a spare in your shed. Little bits and pieces always go missing, so it’s good to have a back-up somewhere outside the house.
A tool kit
What kind of a shed would it be if you weren’t able to do handiwork in it? A proper tool kit means that your shed becomes a workshop.
A music player
We’re proud of the sheds that we build and we want people to spend as much time enjoying them as possible. A simple radio or music player will make the difference and get you whistling as you work on your own projects.
A work bench
A workshop is no good without a work bench. Whatever kind of work you do, set aside a bench and a chair so you can get things done.
Always consider the powerpoints. Where are you going to need them and where should they be positioned? If you’re going to be using a lot of power tools, think about where you’ll be doing most of your work so you can avoid long extension cords that get in the way.
To see some of our sheds, download our brochure at the top of our website.