Manolo Mendez's Blog
Posted by Irina Yastrebova on Monday, March 17, 2014 07:56 PM
I have been very busy lately and I have very hard time right now sitting down and writing a good blog. I thought I would refer you to a great article written by one of the modern masters of classical training Manolo Mendez. Here is a description from his website:
Manolo Mendez was the first Head Rider, and one of six founding members of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Based in Jerez, Spain, the school is one of the four classical schools which also include the Cadre Noir in Saumur, the Spanish Riding School in Vienna and the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art in Lisbon. A master horseman with over forty years of experience spanning classical dressage, doma vaquera and jumping, Manolo is dedicated to a soft, sympathetic and thorough training method which prepares horses physically and psychologically for each stage of training from training to Grand Prix and Haute Ecole. For more information and more articles visit: www.manolomendezdressage.com
I picked this article because I do a lot of work in-hand myself. I start it with young horses as part of my ground work and continue to teach lateral exercises such as shoulder-in, travers, renvers, half-passes etc. My horses always get introduced to lateral work from the ground and only after I ask for it under saddle.
I also use my skills and knowledge to help riders from the ground to help them feel the proper execution of the movement and to learn how to use aids correctly. Doing this I have seen some amazing results both from horses and riders.
I find work in-hand absolutely invaluable asset to my training.
Besides the featured article there are many others on his website that are worth reading. Enjoy!
Happy riding...
 
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