Dressage Rider Critique

cooper trot 3 Look at these images of a rider with a green horse. Appears as a passable happy ride on a sunny day? We beg to differ.  Not passable in “Dressage Perfection World!” There’s nothing perfect about this!

Come on, let’s hack this rider apart shall we?!

While the horse is appearing to be tracking up and moving forward enough, there’s definitely not much looseness to be seen. The rider’s heel is turned in too far and the heel-hip angle could be better. The hands are consistently carried too low, and the wrists are angled in.

While the thumb angle is alright – no piano hands and the hand appears closed enough, they are still not allowing enough movement forward. cooper trot 2 The seat, while steady and not clamping down on the sides of the horse, looks restrictive.

Torso is angled forward enough as this is posting trot, and the elbows are aligned – but it looks like the inside hand is doing too much.  Clearly pulling back.  A bad habit that will ruin the mouth of the horse.

And since this is Dressage Perfection World, even small details can be seen – we bet the entire torso of the rider is leaning into the circle as well, although not very visible here. The rider’s head is also angled down – the line of vision should be raised several inches up.  We prefer a strict stare forward at all times. Cooper trot1 Oh, and just look at his wrongly developed neck. Completely upside down, and it’s all her fault!  Let go of the neck.

We suggest the rider takes multiple lunge lessons without touching the reins, immediately ceases to ride any more green horses which will ruin their further career, and perhaps considers taking up another hobby.

If you can find more faults in this, please report!

2 thoughts on “Dressage Rider Critique

  1. Elinor, if you are the rider in the other posts, most of the time you ride much better! You are doing a lovely job (most of the time, but heck, we’re all in process) with your cute roan guy. It is fun to see him develop! I’m enjoying your blog.


    1. Oh thank you! So happy to hear that – and thrilled to have you in the blog! Mr blue roan doesn’t belong to me. I’m just lucky to get to spend some riding time with him, & hope to show him to be a bit more relaxed and start some initial dressage. He’s in shock I think 😉


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