Light Hands Equitation May 2016 with Tanja Penders Horsemanship Clinic Ireland

By , May 4, 2016 2:07 pm

Tanja Penders flew in from Germany to teach for a weekend in Tipperary. Lots of riders did wonderful work. I rode all weekend in a hackamore (bosal & mecate) & Ghost treeless saddle, both which were excellent.

Anything that doesn’t make sense is 100% me. Lots of homework to do & can’t wait for the next clinic!

For this clinic, Oz was relaxed and mellow throughout and was basically an all round superstar horse 🙂 Here is what I was working on.

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Working on leg yield above.

Friday

BEND: Circles in the hackamore. At the start, Oz was a little distracted & looking other places. Tanja had me vibrate the inside rein a little. Quite soon Oz started to focus on me more & everything else less.

POSITION: I lean forward when I ride. I need to remember that I need a flat lower back AND my hips need to relax so they can move right & left with my horse. The hips thing was big, made a lot of difference to how relaxed Oz was. I also need to focus on slow relaxed breathing.

MY LEGS: On Friday my legs were really tense! If I wanted to use one leg, I can bump Oz very lightly. If that does not work, my habit was to then tense up my leg and add more pressure. This is not good, as it jams up my body and then my horses body. Instead I need to keep my leg totally relaxed and just do a few light bumps.

HQ YIELD WITH NO REINS AT HALT: We could do these, but it was 2 years ago 😉 Need to get there in place again. Halt and sit there with a loose rein. Ask for 1 step HQ yield. Only if horse moves weight forward do you correct it. Then back to loose rein & ask again. Assume its going to be perfect.

SHOULDER IN ON A CIRCLE: Use the outside rein to slow the front down, and this will move the HQ out a little more, if you need them to move out a little more.

MY POSTURE:

– Hands at the pommel
– Notice that I lean forwards, so flat back and make sure my hips are moving as Oz moves.
– My shoulders to be in the same direction as Ozzies shoulders.
– When I change direction, my upper body is to stay straight. I have a tendency to lean!
– Elbows to be bent not straight

BUCK TEARDROP EXERCISE:

– Start with a circle, vibrate inside rein if the horse is looking outside the circle.
– This is handy to do along a fence line
– Do a 180 degree circle
– Leg yield and change the rein heading towards the fence
– Walk a few steps straight
– 180 circle the other way
– Leg yield and change the rein heading towards the fence
– Walk a few steps straight
– 180 circle the other way
– repeat

I need to have a flat back and relaxed hips. Also going from the circle to the leg yield & changing bend, I can be a lot more subtle with my seat & rein adjustments than I had been doing.

Saturday

HQ YIELD WITH NO REINS AT HALT: We could do these, but it was 2 years ago 😉 Need to get there in place again. Halt and sit there with a loose rein. Ask for 1 step HQ yield. Only if horse moves weight forward do you correct it. Then back to loose rein & ask again. Assume its going to be perfect.

STAND STILL AT MOUNTING BLOCK

SHOULDER IN ON A CIRCLE: Use the outside rein to slow the front down, and this will move the HQ out a little more, if you need them to move out a little more. I am not to lean in on the circle!

HQ IN TRAVERS: Stand at fence line. Move HQ 1 step to the inside with Tanja helping us to keep the shoulders i the same place.

TANJA RODE OZZIE:

Oz was great! She had him doing lots of stuff including travers 🙂 One exercise was leg yield to HQ in at the fence line.

IDEAS: Practise 1 handed without the garrocha, flat back, relaxed hips, sit tall and proud, I am not to tilt to the right or left!

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Sunday

IF HORSE WANTS TO WALK THIS IS A GOOD EXERCISE: The moment I sat in the saddle today Oz wanted to walk off. So first I had to check my back was flat, relax my hips & breathe. After this, choose one front leg and with the same rein ask that front leg to step sideways. Oz wanted to go forward not sideways, so this started off as doing large-ish circles. But after a cricle or two, Oz was still moving but the circles were smaller. Then we would get to the place were Oz would think about not pushing, there would usually be a pause where he was leaning forwards but thinking a lot, then when I breathe out & relax in the saddle, Oz then changed his balance, stopped pushing forwards, and instead took one proper step sideways and then stood still on a loose rein. I let him stand for as long as he wanted, and if he wanted to walk again that was fine, I picked the other front leg and we did more circles until they got smaller and he decided to rebalance his weight, get off the forehand and take a proper step sideways & halt by himself. I give him my trust and a loose rein again.

HINDQUARTERS IN / TRAVERS:

– Do a leg yield to the fence and look straight ahead while I do this.
– My shoulders to stay level
– Weight on inside of the bend
– Put my outside leg back, to ask HQ to step in
– Sometimes Oz also wants to move his inside shoulder in, so I need to use my inside rein to stop that from coming in

LEG YIELD: Then leg yield use both reins at the start with flat fingers, eventually just use inside weight and Inside leg as if the wind is pushing you. Use all 5 fingers. Adjust the reins just moving your last 2 fingers, or just little finger on the reins, not your whole hand. Weight on inside but sit straight. Leg yield to HQ in 🙂 I am not to lean!

Oz & I had a lot of fun this weekend. Thank you to everyone who came & huge thanks to Tanja for helping us all in so many ways! 🙂 I can’t wait to do it all again!

One Response to “Light Hands Equitation May 2016 with Tanja Penders Horsemanship Clinic Ireland”

  1. Superb clinic Elaine, thank you so much. You are a fabulous host and Tanja is exceptional. Sign us up for the next one!

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