My current mare is a 5 years old and green. She was started by a dressage trainer at 3, but has been through the wringer with a kid owning her for a bit, before she was then sold to me.
I don’t ride dressage, and aside from the 6 month stint I did with an eventing trainer (where we mostly worked on jumping) I don’t have a clue about dressage “aids” and “cues”.
However, I feel like it’s time to learn, since this mare was started by a dressage trainer, and we’ve had some issues with canter.
She’s picked up on voice commands due to extensive ground work, and I can get her into any gait by asking. However, OUR goal is to go in the hunter or eq ring, where talking is not permissible.
What would be the correct way to A) ask for the canter and B) ask for a flying change?
This varies from barn to barn, trainer to trainer, and discipline to discipline, but I thought since she was started by a classical dressage trainer, maybe I can be enlightened.
After getting the lead only about 50% of the time by squeezing inside leg at the girth and outside leg just behind, the BO suggested bumping with my outside rein. Next time out, I squeezed with my inside leg at the girth and lifted my outside rein. She got her leads all but one time. Is this a normal way to ask? It just feels awkward to me, and I guess I was just not taught this way.
As for flying changes, she does them auto when she lands off jumps, but won’t change if we do a change of direction through the middle of the ring. What are my proper parameters to ask her of this if the dressage trainer did indeed put a flying change on her?
In hunter land my previous trainers always had me step out into the outside stirrup and bump with inside leg. I’ve heard this to be “wrong” but then again, what is right?
Thanks in Advance!