A Fresh Look
Every now and then it’s good to change things up a bit. As you know, Dressage Today recently added a new video subscription site— dressagetodayonline.com—to its brand. With that new addition, we’ve decided to freshen up the magazine’s look a bit, too. But rest assured, the content hasn’t changed. In fact, we recently sent out a reader’s survey to find out what you—our readers—want to see in the pages of DT. (Hopefully, many of you had the opportunity to compelete the survey.) Overall, I think our team is providing the content you want. But we listened and will continue to improve on the stories we bring you.
In this month’s issue you will find training articles to help you improve connection, mentally and physically, with your horse. In “Developing a Happy Horse,” international competitor Karen Pavicic discusses how to create a better relationship with your dressage partner. She believes it’s possible to nurture your horse so that he enjoys his time with you both in and out of the tack. She says, “[Your horse’s] general well-being, mental calmness and relaxation should be assessed on an ongoing basis.” Pavicic suggests that you start by evaluating your relationship with your horse before, during and after a ride. She says that if you feel there is more struggle and less harmony going on despite your best efforts, it’s time to change how you’re doing things. She offers tips, including how to work with your horse before you even mount up, and discusses how a big part of her program is maintaining consistency and providing the horse with confidence. Be sure to read her full story on p. 30.
This month’s “Tips from Trainers Who Teach” comes from U.S. Olympian Allison Brock. In “Soft Arms for a Better Connection,” Brock emphasizes that when you’re riding all your joints should be supple and movable. “The bend in the elbow allows elasticity forward and backward to follow the horse’s mouth every step,” she says. “In the walk and canter, the horse biomechanically has to move the neck forward and back. Creating this elastic connection means you’re not holding the horse on the bit—pulling his head down and holding it there. You are riding him out to the bit and on the bit.” From there, she shares how to achieve correct contact by suggesting that you keep your hands in a work space in front of you so you can move elastically and follow the horse’s mouth with bent arms. Don’t miss her story starting on p. 26.
We hope you enjoy this issue and, of course, our new look. And if you didn’t get the recent reader’s survey, please don’t ever hesitate to email us with your thoughts and suggestions. We’re listening!
Until next time,