Before and After: Training video comparison between Day 1 and Two Months Later

Practising focus without “trying too hard” and letting the horse perform the movement in a relaxed manner. Some lovely end result in this exercise in our final session.

I have just done the final filming session with one of our Aspire Video Library test-riders. I will very much miss our training but we need to focus on riders fully committed to Aspire programme to really present what the programme can do. Magda has been great to work with but declared to be happy with most of her training at the time saying she was happy with her competition results. She wasn’t prepared to make more changes so we needed to cross out some core elements of Aspire training. Nevertheless, I liked the rider and the horse and their drive to improve. I do believe in being relatively flexible in training approach at times and Magda bravely agreed for her progress to be made public so that alone was a proof to me that she was ready for a challenge. The rider remained fairly open-minded and gave her best during the sessions which made for a very enjoyable experience.

My initial training plan for the rider assumed a lot of work aimed at balance and suppleness (in-hand and ridden) but due to rider’s training beliefs we needed to alter that.

We did, however, went through all main points and started addressing stiffness and a holding seat in the rider to help progress towards more feeling, stable yet more supple seat which in turn will be eventually able to balance the horse without unnecessary tension. Long way still in front of Magda but considering the amount of training she did on these elements I think she made a good effort and showed proportional results.

I also started introducing some rider feel exercises which I really recommend to anybody who brings on a young horse, or tends to overuse their legs, seat and hands or has problems with timing of the their aids.

Off-horse rider perception exercises which help with eliminating anxious, pushy aiding and encourage two-way communication between rider and the horse
Working on two-way communication through the reins. Tense contact is one of the bigger issues with the pair stemming from balance problems and joint tension in the rider so I focused on exercises improving balance first and foremost and then on rider’s feel so contact could start improving also.

Day 1 was the rider’s first day of being videoed and observed so when choosing the footage from final session I went for average moments also. On both days there were worse and better transitions but I was trying to show average results of the 2 months work.

I hope you enjoy the below video (version HD is available via You Tube) and if you have a moment feel free to share your views and comments πŸ™‚

You will see much more of Magda and Liberado in many more training blog posts discussing exercises and training methods we used and those we didn’t use and which could have shown even more improvement in rider’s seat and effectiveness.

Until next time!

2 thoughts on “Before and After: Training video comparison between Day 1 and Two Months Later”

  1. Great before and after! The horse looks so much softer and happier. I think the bend in the rider’s elbow helped a lot in the softer communication between the two. Inspiring to see the change in 2 months! How many days of the week did you work with them?

    1. Thank you and yes, my biggest goal as far as the horse went was to create a happier frame of mind before progressing the actual schooling. I am really pleased you noticed the change in his demeanour πŸ™‚

      We worked once a week.

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