TRAINING » BY NATALIE DeFEE MENDIK
IS A SHARP AND PEPPY RESPONSE to your leg missing from your horse’s vocabulary? While a laid- back horse might otherwise be speaking your language, a forward-thinking tune-up could be in order.
Horses with a cool and calm
temperament are just the right fit for
many riders in a variety of riding sports.
Sometimes, however, this type of horse
isn’t as responsive to the forward and
sideways aids as you might like. These
equine partners are often a little too
slow to respond, needing a reminder to
remain sensitive and quick.
If your horse is not reactive enough to
your driving aids, you should first assess
your own position, recommends Kim
Herslow, a Grand Prix dressage rider
and United States Dressage Federation
(USDF) gold medalist.
Tune up your horse to respond
quickly and effortlessly to your aids.