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What Do Grand Prix Dressage Riders Do Differently?
A study of a variety of different skill-level riders recently found two major observable difference between Grand
Prix dressage riders and the rest of us.
Number One: They spend more time warming up.
On average, a novice rider spends 25 minutes warming up with their horse before a ride. A Gran Prix rider spends 34 minutes on average.
However, the reason for this is that Grand Prix tests require more preparation and effort, so it naturally requires a longer warm up than a novice test. Do the amount of warm-up that feels right for you and your horse but as you progress, remember that skilled and well-trained horses still require proper preparation on the day of a test.
Number two: They have incredibly steady hands.
When a dressage rider is keeping their hands steady, they are extremely skilled at maintaining the distance between their hand and the horse’s bit.
Here’s an amazing fact: that distance will only shift by 1.5cm during a ride. That’s pretty incredible when you consider how much the horse and rider move.
Great dressage riders learn to balance their body with their horse and counteract movements so they can keep their hands extremely steady.
This is something to focus on during training – a steady hand often leads to greater control in general.
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10 Tips To Improve Your Equine Business
Running a successful equestrian business can be difficult, especially if you are just starting out. Improving your horse business is not about finding an obvious problem, fixing it, and then continuing on the same way you were running your business before. It is about discovering what works in an optimal way for your business and your clients, and implementing this into the running of the business. This can be difficult to find, and advice is hard to give as every business is different. However here are 5 tips to help you get started in making your equine business a success.
Revisit business plan
Having a business plan that keeps your business heading in the right direction is imperative to its success at any stage. Revisit your business plan to work out if you are keeping to it practically and if anything needs to be altered to answer customer needs more soundly.
Improving value proposition
One of the first steps in improving your equine business is to review your value proposition. This describes a description of the customer’s needs, how your business answers these needs and the value of the solution offered in the eyes of the customer. Once you know exactly what your customer wants and how to give this to them your getting yourself on the right track straight away.
Have you thought about how your horse business compares with relevant competitors? It is very important to work out how you will have a competitive advantage over other similar businesses.
It is also key to ensure your business is not lacking in any way when compared with competitors. For example do you have sufficient facilities to be running riding classes? Having an indoor riding arena is a great competitive advantage meaning you can take classes safely in any kind of weather conditions.
Review operations and services
Evaluate all the processes and procedures that occur in your business and which ones could be improved, or if new ones need to be implemented. If you know all systems in place are maximizing efficiency and workability in your business you should find things should run smoothly and successfully.