Score More for Dressage

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How can you improve your dressage score—and why is it worth doing dressage anyway? In Score More for Dressage, Wendy Jago shows how approaching dressage as a spiral of ongoing learning can: develop your horse's athletic ability; help him remain active and physically fit; take you naturally up the levels of competition; and make for a more enjoyable partnership together. It's not only how you school that matters; it's how you ride all the time, the quality of the communication you have with your horse—and how you...
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How can you improve your dressage score—and why is it worth doing dressage anyway? In Score More for Dressage, Wendy Jago shows how approaching dressage as a spiral of ongoing learning can: develop your horse's athletic ability; help him remain active and physically fit; take you naturally up the levels of competition; and make for a more enjoyable partnership together. It's not only how you school that matters; it's how you ride all the time, the quality of the communication you have with your horse—and how you think and feel about it. Wendy draws on her experience as a coach and judge to offer practical strategies that can help every rider and every horse. Score More for Dressage features case studies of horse and rider partnerships that Wendy has worked with over the course of a year, revealing a significant improvement in their scores—and how they achieved it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851319223
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 10.19 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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Wendy Jago is a dressage coach and judge.
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Table of Contents


New keys to improvement     11
Maxim: the goal is within you, not outside you
Starting points     12
Underlying themes     15
What's the point of dressage?     22
Dressage and Classical Riding     24
Why you should do dressage     28
The diagnostic horse - what your horse is telling you     34
What you get is what you asked for     36
Your horse as your mirror     42
Pathways to performance: the physical skills     49
Maxim: begin with yourself
Let's talk about outline     50
Getting the horse on the bit     50
How the classical position works     52
Making changes     55
Earning a more advanced outline     56
Trouble-shooting     58
The training spiral     60
Rhythm     63
Suppleness (Losgelassenheit)     65
Contact     67
Impulsion with elasticity (Schwung)     69
Straightness     70
Collection     72
Working up the spiral and the competition levels     74
The competition levels     75
Tips for trainers     86
Decoding your test sheets     88
Reading your sheets right     88
Decoding specific comments     91
No arena, no problem     108
Schooling without an arena: the guiding principle     109
Schooling 'outside the box'     112
Making the most of what you've got     114
Pathways to performances: the mental skills     123
Maxim: how you think shapes what you do
Is your mind on the job?     124
The mind-body connection     125
Using your mind bank     130
Paying the right kind of attention     136
Just how are you paying attention?     136
Bubbles of concentration - helpful or unhelpful?     137
Broad beam or narrow focus - your choice     141
What's in it for your horse?     146
Tips for trainers     146
Where do your assumptions get you?     148
Assumptions about physical problems     150
Assumptions about what horses think and feel     154
Thinking differently     157
Tips for trainers     162
Self-belief, self-talk and rehearsal     163
Self-belief     164
Self-talk     168
Rehearsal     173
Tips for trainers      176
Pathways to performance: the strategic skills     179
Maxim: there are always alternatives
Strategies for managing competition nerves     180
What nerves mean     180
How you can change things around     184
A strategy for effective self-management     188
'Reading' and choosing tests     194
Learning to 'read' the tests     195
Taking the test from your horse's perspective     196
Thinking ahead     215
Choosing the right tests - a strategic approach     216
Showing your horse at his best     218
Working together     220
Maxim: you've got what it takes
Are you on target?     222
The need for mental strategy in riding     223
Exploring the neurological levels model     224
Learning and change - don't stop too soon!     229
Tips for trainers     233
Coaching centaurs     236
Annie and Red     238
Carolyn and Ambrose     246
Shane and Ted     254
Roy and Cori     263
How we worked together     272
References     279
Useful reading     281
Useful contacts     283
Index      284
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