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 Welcome to the School Your Horse Online Shop.

Buy any schooling guide here and download it to your computer.

There are three series for you to choose from.

Get Started – these guides are all about how to do things.

Teach Yourself – each guide is a progressive 5 exercise schooling plan on a specific problem.

Read to Succeed – each guide gives you a detailed look at the most important parts of individual tests

 Click on the cover of each booklet to see what’s inside.

All guides are written by Lorraine Jennings and produced by ES Equine.


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Get Started 1 – Know Your School

Introduction – If schooling is new to you and you’re not sure what to do or how to do it this is the booklet for you. It contains diagrams and descriptions of all the school movements and anything else you need to know to get you started.

Part 1 – Know Your School

Schooling is just another way of exercising your horse. Knowing the standard

shapes and movements makes that exercise far more interesting for both of you.

Part 2 – Top Tips for Schooling

Your approach to schooling your horse directly affects him. Take note of these top tips before you even put the tack on – it could make all the difference.

Part 3 – Your Warm Up

Following a set warm up will help your horse to relax because he knows what’s coming. It gives you an easy way to start each session too.

Part 4 – Your Expectations

What should you expect from your horse and yourself? Find out here …

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Teach Yourself 1 – Responsiveness

Introductionwhat to expect from your horse every time you school.

Exercise 1 – Be a Lazy Rider

No rider should have to kick every stride. Follow these simple steps to insure your horse does more of the work than you.

Exercise 2 – The Other Way of Stopping

Knowing how to slow your horse down without using your reins is one of the most beneficial things you can learn. Follow this exercise and you’ll never pull again.

Exercise 3 – The Other Way of Turning

Your horse has enough to think about without unnecessary aids from you. Learn how you can use your body to turn and direct him around the school.

Exercise 4 – Try This

Using fewer clearer aids will help your horse to understand what you’re asking. Put it to the test using this simple exercise.

Exercise 5 – And Finally …

Try this exercise to see if you and your horse have really understood the ideas in this booklet. When you have it’s time to move on to something new.

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Read to Succeed 1 – Introductory A

Introduction – dressage is just a list of movements and paces joined together by transitions. Any horse and any rider can do it. Introductory tests are an ideal way for a novice rider or horse to get started. Why not give it a go?

Learn Your Test – it’s a skill and one that will improve your confidence and your marks. Even if you plan to have it called make sure you try these top tips.

On the Day – knowing how to warm up, what to do while you’re waiting for the bell and what to do if things go wrong will all help to settle your nerves.

Ring Craft – what can you do to make your test stand out? Find out here.

What to Look for in Introductory A –

Your entry

20m circles at E and B

Trot/walk/trot transitions between markers

½ 10m circles EX, XB

Change of rein in free walk on a long rein

Your final centre line 

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Get Started 2 – Your Aids

Introduction –

Your aids are your only way of telling your horse what you want him to do. His job is to respond to them quickly. Your job is to make them easy to understand. This booklet takes you through your aids one by one explaining how to use them and when not to.

Part 1 – You – your mood has a direct affect on your horse’s ability to learn

Part 2 – Your Hands – your rein contact is the most important aid you have

Part 3 – Your Body and Seat – can tell your horse more than you think

Part 4 – Your Legs – push your horse on but can also slow him down

Part 5 – Whips and Spurs – should help not hinder

Part 6 – Rising Trot – your diagonal is important but so is the way you rise

Part 7 – Canter Leads – can you tell what’s right or wrong – left or right?

Part 8 – Too Much Information – are you doing too much?

Part 9 – Problem Solving – find its source and you’ll solve your problem

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Teach Yourself 2 – Canter Problems and Solutions

Introduction – Canter causes more problems than any other pace – this booklet looks at some of the most obvious causes and how to avoid them

Exercise 1 – Your Transition

Most problems with canter can be avoided if you look hard at your transition. Most riders know the aids but do you use them correctly?

Exercise 2 – Quality not Quantity

Once your horse is in canter it’s important to keep him calm and balanced. This exercise works for all horses whatever their temperament

Exercise 3 – Straighten Up

If your transition is crooked it affects your canter. Make your life – and your horse’s – easier and straighter with this simple exercise

Exercise 4 – Get His Hocks in Gear

Canter isn’t about speed. It’s about energy. If your horse gets flatter or faster the further you canter this exercise is guaranteed to sit him back on his hocks

Exercise 5 – Changing the Rein

Put everything to the test and teach your horse to change the rein with a change of leg through trot. 

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Read to Succeed 2 – Introductory B

Introduction – dressage is just a list of movements and paces joined together by transitions. Any horse and any rider can do it. Introductory tests are an ideal way for a novice rider or horse to get started. Why not give it a go?

Learn Your Test – it’s a skill and one that will improve your confidence and your marks. Even if you plan to have it called make sure you try these top tips.

On the Day – knowing how to warm up, what to do while you’re waiting for the bell and what to do if things go wrong will all help to settle your nerves.

Ring Craft – what can you do to make your test stand out? Find out here.

What to Look for in Introductory B –

Your entry

AX ½ 20m circle XC ½ 20m circle

E turn left B track right

Change of rein in free walk on a long rein KXM

A 20m circle in trot allowing the horse to stretch

½ 10m circle onto the centre line Halt between X and G  

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Get Started 3 – Prepare to Improve Your Score

Introduction – A dressage test is just a list of movements joined together by transitions. Any rider and any horse can do one. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re looking to increase your percentage there’s something for you here.

Part 1 – Give yourself the best chance by learning your test well

Part2 – Once you’ve learnt your test don’t forget to read it!

Part3 – Practise makes perfect (but perfect practise creates good scores)

Part 4 – Ring craft. It’s the little things that add up to make the big scores.

Part 5 – On the day – what to do (and what not to do) in your warm up

Part 6 – Points to practise – things to work on that will improve any test

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Teach Yourself 3 – Your Attention Please

Introduction

Do you often feel as if you’re the last thing on your horse’s mind? Getting his

attention – and keeping it – is the most important part of schooling. If he’s not

listening how will he ever hear what you have to say?

Exercise 1 – your horse’s job is to pay attention but your job is to make

schooling interesting enough to make him want to. These exercises will do just that.

Exercise 2 – 10m circles make your horse do twice as much work with half the

effort from you. When was the last time you used one?

Exercise 3 – are you trying too hard? Are you filling your horse’s head with too

much information? Less is more with these simple ideas.

Exercise 4 – there’s more to life than circles. Check out these various types of

serpentine to see how to brighten up your horse’s day.

Exercise 5 – If your horse is really listening he’ll need to work as hard mentally

as he does physically. Check out this exercise to see how to do both.

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Preliminary 12

Introduction – A preliminary test is just a list of paces joined together with transitions. Anyone can do one – and on any horse. Your horse needs to move forward into a steady contact but he doesn’t have to be on the bit. If you can walk, trot and canter then why not give it a go?

Learn Your Test – it’s a skill and one that will improve your confidence and your marks. Even if you plan to have it called make sure you try these top tips.

On the Day – knowing how to warm up, what to do while you’re waiting for the bell and what to do if things go wrong will all help to settle your nerves.

What to Practise

Your entry

A long diagonal

A 20m circle

Walk – ½ 10m circles in medium walk and a ½ 20m circle in free walk

A progressive transition from free walk to medium walk to trot between B and M – with a transition to canter between M and C

A change of rein across the diagonal in canter.

½ 10m circle EX in working trot.

G Halt. Immobility. Salute

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Teach Yourself 4 – The Speed Merchant

Introduction

If your horse is forward going it doesn’t mean he’s an easy ride. There are many

problems that come with an over enthusiastic equine and some of them are covered in

the next few exercises.

Exercise 1 – a sharp horse finds change exciting. Limiting the number of changes

you make when you’re schooling can make a big difference to his ability to learn.

Exercise 2 – if your horse pulls it can be easy to take your leg off and pull but

don’t do it! Teach him to slow himself down with fewer aids from you.

Exercise 3 – sometimes the harder you try to slow your horse down the more

wound up he seems to get. Teach yourself to switch off with this simple exercise.

Exercise 4 – there’s more to life than circles. Put the lessons you’ve learned in 1,

2 and 3 to the test using serpentines.

Exercise 5 – canter is guaranteed to liven your horse up. Try this exercise which

will give him something to think about other than speed.

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