Does it sometimes feel that no matter what you do, you just can't seem to get your horse to understand what you want? You're not alone! Not only is the correct application of the riding aids important but the timing is also vital. Communicating quietly with your horse can only come about when your horse understands the riding aids and their meaning.
1 - "My horse doesn't react to my riding aids"The riding aids are the way we communicate with our horses and often, when a horse doesn't react the way we intend or expect him to, is simply because he doesn't actually understand what we are asking of him. If we continue to ask him in exactly the same way, he might just tune out. This leads to a lot of riders blaming the horse. If this happens we need to find a way to sensitize our horse to our riding aids, something that should normally be done in the very early stages of training, but it is never too late to start! Our wehorse trainers are here to help you explain to your horse exactly what it is you want by giving the right aids at the right time, resulting in a happy and willing partner and more fun in the saddle!
The timing of the riding aids, from the saddleBritta Schöffmann explains in this video why the timing of the aids is so important and also demonstrates what happens if the timing is not right. We get to watch not only Britta herself but also her students, on all types of horses, showing us how it looks when a horse misunderstands what his rider wants simply because of faulty timing of the riding aids. The good news is we can all help our horse react to our riding aids more sensitively. You just need to know what to look for! If this sounds good, then check out these videos.
Top tip from Dr. Britta SchöffmannNot only is the timing of the aids important for asking but also to reward your horse! Our riding aids are simply a pressure, that is being removed once the horse has reacted correctly. This removal of the aid rewards the horse for giving the correct response.
Timing of the aids for groundwork When working on the ground with our horses, giving the correct aids or action at the right time is key to communicating effortlessly. Your horse doesn't know what is right or wrong, he simply reacts according to the aids you give. If he doesn't respond the way you expect, awareness of how to ask him and show him what you want with the correct aids and timing is the best way to improve. In this video, Jenny Wild & Peer Claßen show you their best tips for using the right aids, at the right time.