Leonie Bramall’s Mental Mindset Tips for Riding Horses in Training: This Training Video is Aboard an 8-year-old Hanoverian Gelding Training at 4th level.

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DressageClinic.com proud to present one of the most highly experienced and knowledable German trainers, Leonie Bramall, aboard an 8-year-old Hanoverian gelding at 4th level.   This video has Leonie riding and lecturing various upper level movements while at the same time explaining the importance of the mental mindset needed for the rider and horse to achieve progress at this level.   

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  1. Walk

Leonie places high value on walking the horse.   “I like to walk my horses a lot before I start into the work.”    Often her horses walk long and low for 15 minutes.  This allows the horse to adjust to the environment, the rider to tune into the horse’s stride and attitude, and it prepares the horse’s body for the work at hand.

  1. Ride Into The Future

Leonie reminds us to "ride into the future" by constantly monitoring the horse’s responses to aids. “I can only change what is coming.  I can’t change what’s happened. I can learn what has happened, but I can’t change that.”    This philosophy will keep you humble and honest in your training of horses and focuse on your attention on influencing the future.

  1. Prepare the Horse

Central to riding is preparing the horse both mentally and physically.   “It is important to get his mind and his body in a good space to prepare him for the next piece of work.”    With that, Leonie ensures her cues and commands are clear.  “He can’t read my mind,” says Leonie.   “I must prepare him and let him know something is going to happen.”    Leonie believes this is vital in controlling the whole horse.   

  1. Keep Him Motivated

“Try to keep your horse’s motivation,” says Leonie.  “Not making the horse tired and riding to the point where the horse is just exhausting itself.”    Leonie includes numerous walk breaks in her ride and explains that you do not want the horse to dread your requests.  The management of the horse’s motivation keeps him happy and ready to work.

  1. Know His Limits

Leonie also is aware of how strong the horse is for the work.   “We have changed the concept so that we are working on strengthening.”  Leonie works the horse a few times a week focusing on improving his capacity for work.   Knowing the horse’s limits is critical in keeping the horse happy and sound.  

  1. Be Happy with Small Progress

Leonie emphasizes being happy with small steps.   When training a client horse, small gains is the goal.  She reminds us that each horse comes with various levels of talent, training, and history of riders over their lifetime.   Remember that you are there to help teach the horse by obtaining that relatxation both in the body and in the mind.

  1. No Baggage

“You must not ride with baggage.  You must not ride with negative emotion.”  Leonie is emphatic on riding with a fresh mind.  Coming in to each ride with a neutral open mindset allows the rider to see what the horse is offering.   “Give the horse the benefit of the doubt.”     This allows for adjusting the training based on the horse’s needs.

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Leonie Bramall shares her knowledge on the mental mindset that makes for a good rider of any horse.   Thank you Leonie. What a fantastic, informative and knowledgable lecture,  This is such an importatn video for the development of any serious dressage rider, it must be viewed, not just once but many times over and over again as each time you will watch this video, you will hear new things and new concepts that you had missed before.  

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