Question: I have a very talented Lusitano mare who sometimes gets comments about her being tense. However, before this last weekend, she had never had a score as low as 51% which I think was unjustified and insulting. She has been winning consistently with scores in the mid 70's all summer . The mare is not tense, she is very enthusiastic in her work and very up in the shoulder which ... [Continue Reading]
Tricia Gardiner is one of the most experienced dressage riders and trainers in this country. She represented Great Britain many times as a member of the British team including at the Seoul Olympics. Tricia has trained many different types of horse to Grand Prix including thoroughbreds, as well as training many successful dressage and event riders. Before specialising in dressage, Trish was a very successful event rider and was the first jockey to ride for Sam Barr’s famous Welton Stud, eventing Welton Gameful. We are extremely lucky that Tricia has agreed to be our dressage and training expert. Trish has written 2 books:. “Training the Dressage Horse: Novice to Medium Level” and “Advanced Training for the Dressage Horse: Medium to Grand Prix Level”. Both books can be bought at www.amazon.co.uk.
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Question: "I have a fantastic horse perfect in many ways apart from she goes behind the vertical at any opportunity! We lose marks in dressage for this evasion. Even when I push her forward try to maintain the contact she gets so stressy and does it even more or gets her tongue over the bit! I have tried lots of different bits and a variety of trainers. I know it is a sign of not working ... [Continue Reading]
Question: I have a wonderful 16.2 Warmblood x TB, aged 9, and we are just starting out as a new partnership (I have owened him now for just over 12 months). He has alot of experience, prior to my ownership in the eventing sphere and he did really well, but I wish to concentrate just on the dressage (at prelim/novice level) and a bit of showjumping, but only at local/club level. My problem is ... [Continue Reading]