This is How Horses Learn Riding Aids - Part 3: Learning Theory – Rein & Leg Aids



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The correct use of the reins and leg aids depends on the correct ways and acts to increase and release pressure. Britta Schöffmann explains why 'pressure' is not initially objectionable, in which reins or thighs help pressure in and out again and why appropriate timing and correct intensity of the actions help the horse to understand the rider's aids.


"The rider must learn to be able to wait and see," emphasizes Britta Schöffmann, "and thus give the horse the chance to find out by trial and error, which reaction is the desired one." On the other hand, all aid should be clear and unambiguous so that sensitization rather than desensitization occurs.


The example of a young mare demonstrates the incipient interplay of bridle and leg aids and its effect on the horse. The representation of typical rider errors helps to understand the connections. A digression on the subject of "punishment while riding" also shows why punishments are not a solution.

You will learn in this video:

  • What the meaning is of waiting while riding
  • Why you need to be uncompromising when it comes to teaching the leg aids
  • Why punishment when riding is not a solution

Dr. Britta Schöffmann

The journalist and former Grand Prix rider turned her hobby into “the most multi-faceted job in the world”: she rides, teaches, and writes. Her books on dressage are read worldwide.

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