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Forward Riding Series Part 11 - Learning Diagonals
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
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
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

Forward Riding Series Part 14 - Exercises to Help Young Riders Maintain Focus During Lessons
Susan Deal

Part 14 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In this video topic, Susan Deal works with a young student who has difficulty maintaining focus during riding lessons.  She reveals some of her creative and effective exercises that make if fun for him to stay on task while improving his riding position at the same time.

Running Time: 8 minutes 17 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 15 - Bareback Balance
Susan Deal

Part 15 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In the 15th lesson of this video series Susan works on her student’s balance with bareback exercises. The rider is already capable of walking, trotting and cantering with a saddle and the pony is tolerant & comfortable with a rider bareback. These exercises are particularly helpful to enhance the rider’s feel, balance and focus as he must concentrate on moving with the pony’s movements.

Running Time: 4 minutes and 11 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 16 - When and How to Determine the Canter Lead
Susan Deal

Part 16 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In this video lesson Susan works her young student on how to determine if the pony is on the correct or counter lead. At this stage of the rider’s education, she can canter a circle and steer through a turn. The rider learns to recognize the feeling through a turn when the pony is on the wrong lead and corrects the lead with a simple change.

Running Time: 3 minutes and 34 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 17 - Exercises for Proper Hand & Leg Position
Susan Deal

Part 17 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

Susan Deal employs some fun exercises to help her beginning student execute proper hand and leg position.  By using exaggerated movements, the rider gains independence in the use of her hand and leg aids and, at the same time, becomes familiar with the feel of her body when it is in the correct position.

Running Time: 4 minutes and 30 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 18 - Longitudinal Control: Coordination of the Rider’s Hands & Legs
Susan Deal

Part 18 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

In this video topic, Susan Deal asks her young student for longitudinal movements, adjustments of pace, in order to begin feeling when to increase or decrease hand and leg pressure. When performing transitions from a regular posting trot to a slow sitting trot, for example, the rider must recognize when she needs to use her leg to prevent the pony from breaking to the walk, likewise, too much hand will also cause a break to the walk. This ability to gauge, calibrate and coordinate hand and leg is fundamental to the rider’s progress.

Running Time: 3 minutes and 5 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 19 - Lateral Control: Using the Leg & Rein Aids Together to Turn
Susan Deal

Part 19 of Susan Deal’s "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

Near the end of the young rider’s first year, Susan introduces the indirect rein. This rein aid, used in conjunction with the leg aids, is more sophisticated than an opening rein to facilitate turns. In this video topic, Susan uses exercises with figures, such as circles, half circles and serpentines, to solidify her students’ use of leg and rein aids together.

Running Time: 9 minutes and 37 seconds

Forward Riding Series Part 2 - The First Lesson for a Beginner Rider
Susan Deal

Part 2 of Susan Deal's "Forward Riding Series - Exercises for a Rider's First Year"

Join USHJA certified trainer, Susan Deal, as she gives young students their first lesson on a horse and starts them on the path of proper position and correct horsemanship. In this video Susan, with her upbeat, encouraging style, shows us her methods for starting a beginner equestrian off right by covering stirrup and girth adjustments, mounting, picking up the reins, proper position, and basic rein aids.  The exercises she uses are designed to get the rider comfortable in the saddle.

Running Time: 18 minutes and 58 seconds