The grand prix dres­sage rider dis­cusses us­ing turn on the fore­hand to im­prove sup­ple­ness and re­fine the horse’s un­der­stand­ing of the leg aid

Horse & Hound - - News Insider - H&H

Dres­sage rider Dan Green­wood on im­prov­ing sup­ple­ness


I USE turn on the fore­hand with horses of all lev­els. For young­sters, it’s a good way to put them on the aids and teach them the dif­fer­ence be­tween a yield­ing aid with a squeez­ing leg, as op­posed to the for­ward aid which is a “clap” with the leg.

It’s also good for help­ing to close the horse up in his base, and get his hind feet nearer to his front feet.

It changes the frame and the bal­ance of the horse in a re­ally pos­i­tive and easy way, and is a great move­ment for mak­ing a tran­si­tion out of, such as a tran­si­tion up into can­ter.

With an older horse —or one that feels blocked in the mid­dle which pre­vents the hind­leg com­ing for­ward un­der the body — us­ing turn on the fore­hand helps to make the horse sup­ple and able to use the hind­leg more ef­fec­tively.


1 To start with, aim for a col­lected walk in a clear rhythm and get the horse as straight as pos­si­ble in his body. Turn up the cen­tre line, then leg-yield to the three-quar­ter line. Base turns on the fore­hand on a full cir­cle.

2 With a young horse, you can start by leg-yield­ing from the cen­tre line to the three-quar­ter line, then do your quar­ter (90°) turn on the fore­hand.

It’s the same aid, so close the out­side rein and en­cour­age the in­side leg to step un­der and for­ward over the out­side hind. Place your weight down your in­side leg and think about turn­ing your shoul­ders in the di­rec­tion of the flex­ion.

‘It changes the frame and the bal­ance of the horse

in a re­ally pos­i­tive and easy way’

3 Once the horse is com­fort­able do­ing a quar­ter turn on the fore­hand, to avoid him learn­ing to an­tic­i­pate, change the size to a half (180°) or full turn on the fore­hand, so that each time you ask for the move­ment, it is a dif­fer­ent size.

4 Once you feel com­fort­able walk­ing in and out of turn on the fore­hand, you can then think about tak­ing the con­nec­tion you’ve cre­ated be­tween your in­side leg and out­side rein for­ward into an up­wards tran­si­tion.

I feel it’s re­ally use­ful for a walk to can­ter tran­si­tion.

You want a bend in the horse’s ribs, but only a slight flex­ion in the neck.

Based in the Cotswolds, Dan Green­wood is a re­spected dres­sage

rider and trainer

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.