COLLECTION AND IMPULSION
IMPROVE ENGAGEMENT & ACTIVITY
HOSTED BY MARY WANLESS
WITH GUEST PRESENTER ALI WAKELIN
FIVE SESSION SERIES WITH THREE LIVE WEBINARS AND TWO RECORDED SESSIONS
The FEI definition of collection is "The increased engagement and activity of the hind legs, with joints bent and supple, stepping forward under the horse's belly.". We all know collection when we see it but how do you achieve it with your horse? What training does the horse need? What skills does the rider need? How do we change a horse that is "On The Forehand" through to "Collection"? These are just some of the questions that Mary and Ali will answer in this course using groundwork, rider biomechanics and ridden exercises.
IN THIS COURSE...
SESSION 1- RECORDED 22ND JUNE
THE BASICS - PART I
To achieve collection the rider must possess a key set of skills. In this first live session, we will cover some of these skills including core strength, body alignment, rising trot mechanics and tempo control. We will be joined by Ali Wakelin in this session. Ali will cover essential groundwork to improve the horse's response to the aids.
SESSION 2 - RECORDED 20TH JULY
THE BASICS - PART II
In this session, we will be looking at "On The Bit - The Seeking Reflexes" and "Completing The Circuit". These phrases describe a horse working correctly through his body and until this happens collection will inevitably fail. Ali Wakelin will be joining us and we will look at groundwork to get your horse more responsive and more collected.
SESSION 3 - RECORDED 17TH AUGUST
ON THE FOREHAND
In this final live webinar, we will look at what happens when the horse goes "on the forehand". We will look at how to prevent this by using transitions, half halts and rein back. We will also look at how precise control of the horse's shoulders improves balance. We will cover the typical mistakes riders can make with their position and how to correct these.
IMPROVING BALANCE & COLLECTION
In this recorded session, we will look further at the half halt and the role of lateral work to improve balance and collection. We will discuss how the rider needs to develop the qualities we call "narrowness" and "suction". We will also look at how the rider can become more stable and transmit energy by learning about and embodying the "boards". This helps the rider become aware of the horse's straightness, the shape of his back and the evenness of his long back muscles. We will be showing more advanced riders and horses performing lateral work both on the ground and in ridden work.
In this recorded session, we will look at what can prevent collection and how to energetically connect the back, middle and front thirds of the horse. We will also analyse what happens to the shape of the horse's back and loins during collection and how the rider can have a positive influence on this. We will also look at how to start to train the movements included in the more advanced dressage tests.
RWYM BHSI BSc
Mary Wanless is an internationally renowned coach, and is the author of the ‘Ride With Your Mind’ books, which have been translated into many languages. She has also authored 8 DVDs. She coaches riders at all levels, from relative novices to two of the top US dressage riders. She has B.Sc. degrees in both Physics and Applied Sports Coaching, and holds the BHSI certificate. Her coaching career in the USA began in 1991 with an invitation to speak at the California Dressage Society annual meeting. She has also spoken at the US Dressage Federation’s Annual Convention.
Ali Wakelin is a fully certified RWYM coach. She has been trained by the world renowned coach and author Mary Wanless. Ali teaches alongside Mary at clinics on a regular basis. Ali has also undertaken extensive training in the methods of Dr Andrew Mclean (Australian Equine Behaviour Centre – www.aebc.com.au). Ali is one of very few trainers outside Australia who have trained in this method. Ali combines Rider Biomechanic training (RWYM), Clicker training and the classical, scientifically based horse training system of the AEBC into a unique Horse/Rider learning experience.
Ten 1hr lectures recorded in our indoor arenas, PLUS a special intro video, using a selection of real riders and horses, to bring The ‘How’ of Riding to you in a clear, logical way. We dig deep into the how of riding to allow your horse to work better for you.