COMPLETED Leonie Bramall’s Mental Mindset Tips for Riding Client Horses

Posted by admin On August - 26 - 2017

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DressageClinic.com has the unique privilege of bringing to you highly experienced and knowledable rider Leonie Bramall, aboard a 8-year-old Hanoverian gelding at 4th level.   This video has Leonie riding various upper level movements while explaining the importance of the mental mindset needed for the rider and horse to achieve progress.   

Click Below to Watch Sample Video of Leonie Bramall Riding & Lecturing on Champ  by: Royal Diamond an 8 yrs. old Hanoverian Training: 4th Level

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Click on the Player for Video to Play. DressageClinic.com is proud to present  Rider Leonie Bramall Riding & Lecturing Champ an 8 yrs. Old Hanoverian by Royal Diamond Training 4th Level

 

  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 30 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 keeps her humble and honest in her training of horses and focuses her 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.

 

  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.

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