This is How Horses Learn Riding Aids - Part 5: Putting Theory Into Practise



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In the fifth part of the series “How horses learn the riding aids”, Britta Schöffmann explains how everything we have seen thus far, is put into practise when riding. We have three different riders with their horses, of various ages and training levels, that shows the timing of the rider, with their aids and reactions to what the horse is offering, and how we can make it easier for horses to understand and learn what we want of them.

Understanding and learning is not a one way street. A horse must first understand what his human wants of him in order to learn something. The human must then understand and realise that the horse is a mirror. Horses do not make mistakes, they do not know right from wrong. They simply react and it is this that we need to keep in mind, in order to be able to train in a fair and respectful manner.

How do horses learn the riding aids? In that the human learns to explain correctly to the horse. As Britta Schöffmann points out “A good student always has a good teacher.”


Further videos in this series:

This is How Horses Learn Riding Aids - Part 1: Theoretical Introduction and Ethology
This is How Horses Learn Riding Aids - Part 2: Learning Theory - Habituation / Conditioning
This is How Horses Learn Riding Aids - Part 3: Learning Theory – Rein & Leg Aids
This is How Horses Learn Riding Aids - Part 4: The Correct Seat

You will learn in this video:

  • Why it is important to take enough time to teach the riding aids to young horses
  • What to do what your horse seems confused about the aids
  • How assistance from the ground can help you apply the correct aids when riding

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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