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Dressage

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 11

March 2016

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved, and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?   In this series, Dr Andrew and Manuela McLean, founders of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC) and Directors of Equitation Science International, explain dressage judging against the backdrop of learning theory and the equitation science training scale.  

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 9

January 2016

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved, and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?   In this series, Dr Andrew and Manuela McLean, founders of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC) and Directors of Equitation Science International, explain dressage judging against the backdrop of learning theory and the equitation science training scale.  

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 8

November 2015

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?   In this series, Dr Andrew and Manuela McLean, founders of the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre (AEBC) and Directors of Equitation Science International, explain dressage judging against the backdrop of learning theory and the equitation science training scale.  

Valegro: Champion Horse

October 2015

Valegro’s performances and record-breaking achievements outshine those of most athletes - equine or otherwise - and now you can read his story in a biography due to be launched at the UK’s Championships in Stoneleigh Park, United Kingdom, on 17th September, 2015.  In an unprecedented career, Valegro has gone from rejection to concurrent Olympic, World and European Gold and a World No 1 ranking - leaving a trail of broken world records in his wake.

Series: The Facts About Contact

08/12/2015

The Facts About Contact Part 3 - Measuring Lightness, Self Carriage & Gaits

January 2010 by Dr Amanda Warren-Smith

In Part 1 of this series The Facts About Contact, we discussed the measurement of rein tension (used to measure lightness) and in Part 2 we discussed measuring rein tension as well as head carriage.  Now in Part 3, we are going to combine those measures with measures of the horse's leg movements.

Series: Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory

08/12/2015

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 2

May 2015 by Manuela McLean, NCAS Level 2 (Dressage Specialist), BSc (Biology), DipEd, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

In Part 2, Manuela McLean continues making sense of the current judging system against the backdrop of learning theory and the equitation science shaping scale helping you develop clear strategies you can build on to improve your next competition performance.

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 3

July 2015 by Manuela McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

In Part 3, Manuela McLean discusses incorrect responses, which judges would mark between 0 and 3 and how to re-train them to boost your next dressage performance. Do you want to avoid scores between 0 and 3? Read on...  Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses.

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 4

July 2015 by Manuela McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Part 4: Obedience. Do you want to improve on marks of 3 to 5? Read on... as Manuela McLean continues to explain the judging scale against the backdrop of learning theory and the equitation science shaping scale, helping you develop clear training strategies to boost your scores!

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 5

August 2015 by Manuela McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Part 5 - Developing rhythm. In this part, Manuela continues up the judging scale to the qualities that will award you marks of 5 and above, when rhythm is established, is self maintained and the transitions are smooth, the marks should rise to a 6. Your marks will move on to 7 when, as well as showing rhythm, your horse is also straight.

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 6

September 2015 by Manuela McLean, Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 7

June 2016 by Manuela McLean, Co-Director, Equitation Science International & Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores? 

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 8

November 2015 by Manuela McLean, Director, Equitation Science International

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Boost Your Dressage Scores: Part 9

January 2016 by Manuela McLean Director, Equitation Science International

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved, and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 10

June 2016 by Manuela McLean, Co-Director, Equitation Science International & Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved, and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores? 

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 11

March 2016 by Manuela McLean, Co-Director, Equitation Science International & Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved, and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 12

April 2016 by Manuela McLean, Co-Director, Equitation Science International & Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 13

May 2016 by Manuela McLean, Co-Director, Equitation Science International & Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both, riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Boost Your Dressage Scores with Learning Theory: Part 14

June 2016 by Manuela McLean, Co-Director, Equitation Science International & Australian Equine Behaviour Centre

Dressage judges play an important role in the education of both riders and their horses. The marks and comments they provide can inform rider and coach of the level of training achieved, and any areas that need more work. But, can you turn them into clear training strategies and boost your dressage scores?  

Seat and Weight Aids made simple

May 2011

  The use of the seat when riding can at times appear to be that allusive unattainable goal. How often are we told “don’t use the reins only use your seat!” or “Never use a backward rein aid the horse should listen only to your seat!”... In the ideal world this would be true and our horses would all respond to light aids and ultimately associate the seat with these aids and we would have reached that unattainable goal! But how do we get to this point?

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