06/26/14 - McDonald - 3rd Level, Getting the horse steady in the contact, changes, half pass, and lateral work

Debbie McDonald helps a young rider create better connection with her upper level horse.  The total running time of this three part video is 44:00.

Video Description

As they warm up, Debbie encourages this rider to feel what her horse is doing with his mouth, and to bring him back and steady him in her hand when his mouth is really active and not steady. They reward him and let him go forward when he becomes steady. When they go to the caner, they work on making him hotter in the depart. They use counter flexion in the right canter to ask for more give, and then bend him back to the inside. The shoulder in is the next exercise, giving him a pat when he gives. After a walk break they work on reestablishing the connection, using a slight renvers when he is against the rein.

Debbie McDonald-USA
Perhaps the most decorated US horse and rider team attending the 2008 Olympic dressage competition is Debbie McDonald and Brentina. 2 time Olympian and numerous medals in other international competitions, such as the World Equestrian Games, World Cup, Pan

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