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Five-Year-Old Competition Prep Part One
Coach: Linda Allen

Linda Allen, FEI & USEF Judge and Olympic Course Designer, prepares Palo Blanco bred Warmbloods for their first trip to a competition venue. The two horses featured in this topic, very early five year olds, are graduating from the foundation work they were introduced to the previous year. Part one follows them on the first day of a two-day school and is a rehearsal of basic rideability and focus. All horses in the Palo Blanco program are allowed to develop on their own schedule with plenty of time back in the field incorporated with challenging, confidence-building experience in the ring. 

Running Time: 24 minutes and 30 seconds

Flatwork Over Fences
Coach: Bernie Traurig

Take a ride with Bernie as he schools "Archie Bunker" and talks you through how he incorporates his flat techniques over small fences. This is an excerpt from the Advanced section of Fundamentals of Flatwork, chapter 14.

Running Time: 6 minutes and 45 seconds

Flying Changes
Coach: Val Renihan

In this topic Val Renihan breaks down the flying change in order to defuse the horse’s nervous anticipation of the flying change. Her exercises produce the relaxed, supple changes needed for winning equitation and hunter rounds.

Running Time: 15 minutes and 13 seconds

Form Follows Function
Coach: Cynthia Hankins

Top trainer, rider, judge and clinician, Cynthia Hankins, shares with us her insight into some of the common bad habits riders inadvertently acquire. In addition to pointing out these habitual position flaws, Cynthia demonstrates the correct, classical form stamped by the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System.

View Part 2 of this series, Form Follows Function Over Fences here.

Running Time: 26 minutes and 18 seconds

Form Follows Function Over Fences
Coach: Cynthia Hankins

In this topic, the second in a series, Cynthia Hankins, shares with us her insight into some of the common bad habits riders inadvertently acquire - this time over fences. In addition to pointing out these habitual position flaws, Cynthia demonstrates the correct, classical form stamped by the American Hunter/Jumper Forward Riding System. Make sure to watch Cynthia’s first video in this series, Form Follows Function.

Running Time: 13 minutes and 18 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 1 - Training a Rider to Mount and Dismount a Horse
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 1 of Susan Deal's "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In this first video lesson, Susan Deal shows a first-time rider how to mount and dismount a horse. She offers some great tips and safety precautions any new rider should learn to properly get on and off of a horse in a way that is not only safe for the rider, but the horse as well.

Running Time: 4 minutes and 2 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 10 - The Beginning Rider’s First Canter
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 10 of Susan Deal's "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In the 10th lesson of Susan Deal’s video series, a beginning rider learns to canter for the first time. The rider is taught to canter in two point position on a loose rein until she is stable enough to sit without bouncing on the horse’s back or balancing on the horse’s mouth. A neck strap is used to enhance the rider’s balance until her base of support has developed further.

Running Time: 6 minutes and 9 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 11 - Learning Diagonals
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 11 of Susan Deal's "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In Susan Deal’s 11th topic from her video series, she works with two young riders at different stages of learning their diagonals. As the result of early horse show competition in her young riding career, the first student has learned to look to determine her diagonals and is in the process of learning to feel them instead. Her second rider was taught to feel the rhythm of her pony’s trot and easily pops up on the correct diagonal every time without looking.

Running Time: 3 minutes 6 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 12 - The Beginning Rider’s Second Canter
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 12 of Susan Deal's "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In this topic Susan Deal discusses the second step of cantering, teaching a young rider to steer while in two point position. First her student demonstrates an exercise to determine if he is balanced securely enough over his lower leg to maintain jump position while cantering. Susan’s method encourages the rider to feel and then follow the balancing gesture of the horse’s head and neck at that gait. At this point in the rider’s progress, he is stable over his lower leg in the two point and able to use an opening rein to steer, developing independence of hand and leg.

Running Time: 3 minutes and 20 seconds
 

Forward Riding Series Part 13 - Putting More Jumps Together: Learning to Ride the Track
Coach: Susan Deal

Part 13  of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In this video, Susan Deal’s young student is just learning to ride a course. The rider is already comfortable over trot rails, trotting into a line and cantering out. In this exercise, she rides over a course of rails on the ground in order to determine her track without having to worry about the jumps. The rider is able to focus on riding to the middle of the rails, keeping her pony straight, developing pace and not cutting her corners.

Running Time: 3 minutes and 1 second