Dressage Videos - Review - Staying On
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STAYING ON - A KINDER WAY TO RIDE YOUR PONY
This video, filmed in Scotland, (with members of the Duke of Buccleuch Branch of the Pony Club and Nenthorn Riding School) is for children who can ride, but want to ride with greater control and safety - remember, every pony is different! and not everyone's lucky enough to own the perfect pony.
Sylvia explains clearly how the pony's back works, how the rider's back works and how they can best work together for 'staying on'! She also explains how the saddle should be fitted and about the sensitivity of the pony, and how the individual aids work.
Several different basic movements are explained and demonstrated including keeping the canter going, riding circles, corners and straight lines.
She gets her young 'guinea pigs' to demonstrate how, with just a little adjustment to body and leg position, a good deal of improvement in safe and balanced riding can be achieved.
Aimed at the younger rider, this video would also be ideal for adults and young riders to watch together and especially helpful for parents who would like to learn more about what riding is all about to enable them to help their pony and children get the best out of this wonderful outdoor activity.
(This review first published in the Scottish Equestrian, December/January edition 2001.)
STAYING ON! A Kinder Way to Ride Your Pony (45 mins)
Recently, I bought the video Staying On! as a birthday present for a young friend (aged 9). When asked if I would like to view it first, I nodded benignly. As the lesson unfolded, I began to wish that someone had given me a similar gift in my early riding days - or even now!
The aim of the video was to enable thte rider to have more control of their pony. It started, sensibly, with the use of safety gear and explaining rider posture; that part of the pony's back which can most comfortably carry weight and how the rider (by their activity in the saddle) can restrict or encourage the horse's desire to go forward. Sylvia Loch stressed and showed (with her small pupils) that small aids and minimal movement was the name of the game, never stronger kicking or driving with the seat and flapping. If you sit quietly and the Aids are clear, then the pony can hear. Transitions were taught into and out of walk, trot and canter, getting the children to think of what they were doing in the saddle, and to feel the pony's movement.
One of the gems of the whole video occurred when two of the children who had been unable to keep their ponies in canter on a circle, despite much kicking and pushing, had it explained to them that the reason the ponies had stopped cantering was because their legs had stopped asking for canter and had slipped back into trot 'mode' again. (How many adults also do this?) They were gently asked if they would like to try again. The aids were clearly explained and the children, sitting up and keeping the inside leg on the girth and outside leg behind the girth, continuing in this position, cantered a complete circle.... Beautiful! big smiles all round!
(Jean Robb, Tweedsmuir, Biggar, Scotland. This review first published in CRC Magazine, Autumn 2001)