Sponsored Rider Natalie Povey Discusses the Importance of Going Back to Basics
and this month has been fairly quite so I have been focusing on training at
home, now the nights have drawn in we have been training in the dark under the
has been feeling rather full of herself now the colder nights have come and has
been rather forward in the trot so I went back to basics for a couple of weeks
working on transitions and making sure she was listening. She is never naughty,
she just enjoys her work so wants to get on with her job.
working on the basics I have focused on our accuracy, especially riding our
corners and turns as we like to miss them out sometimes, I have made myself
ride as if I am in a competition in order to focus on every movement as I think
when we are at home training on our own it’s easy to get into bad habits.
have also been working on the contact I give Tidy down the reins as sometimes my
left hand likes to wander and not work as hard as my right so I have
consciously been focusing on the positioning of my hands – it has made a huge
difference. Now Tidy is working and progressing well I can work on the
attention to detail to complete the picture.
has also had her second clip of the year – I was surprised how much of a coat
she had grown since her last clip last month. She is much happier now and
easier to cool off after a training session."
Whether you compete at International level or you're preparing for your first local show, going back to basics to perfect integral elements of riding can help in any discipline. The walk is often the most neglected gait, which is exactly where points can be gained in dressage. Get the walk (or any other primary element of riding) working great for you, and you set yourself up for a much better overall result.
Next time you ride, consciously focus of every single movement, aid, transition and halt and see how much of a difference this makes, before working on the finer details to perfect a show-stopping performance.