Dressage Pure and Simple – Grand Prix rider Matt Hicks explains how to train your horse using the scales of training.
In our February issue of H&R Matt Hicks explains straightness in horse and rider, flexion, turning off the centre line and acheiving level hands.
Flexing (bending)the horses neck from side to side, straightening him in-between, helps with suppleness which in turn helps with straightness.
If you ride down the centre line – or on any straight line – and your horse isn’t straight, it’s worth trying a slight shoulder-in position (see December 2011 issue of Horse&Rider) It helps with suppleness which makes the horse easier to manage.
If you have a problem with wandering hands carrying a stick or a whip helps you ride with them in an even, level contact. Simply hold it horizontally with your hands about 20cm (8in) apart and your reins as normal.