Immersion starts with an evaluation of the state of the horses movement and frame of mind. Braces are identified and a plan of action is designed to eliminate the braces and begin the journey to softness.
This second phase begins to concentrate on the individual goals of each horse and rider combination. At this stage students will be consistently working with Suppleness, Straightness and Impulsion.
The third and final phase, combines and helps riders apply all the elements from the Immersion and Refinement Phases to achieve their chosen goals.
Bridle horses, Dressage and Eventing, 3rd Level and above.
Clinic & Class Formats
Immersion and Refinement Classes will give you and your horse the opportunity to learn together with Greg. You’ll be working toward developing an understanding of how your horse learns, as well as acquiring the tools to build a solid foundation from feel. This is the beginning of a new relationship together.
In Immersion the foundation in groundwork will help to build a secure, confident, relaxed, and supple horse. Followed by applying the groundwork to the saddle, the rider will now begin to reap the benefits from the new foundation, helping the horse to move away from the slightest amount of feel. You will learn how to meet the horse’s needs and to speak to the horses in their language, the horse and rider have a much greater potential of reaching goals for any discipline in harmony.
The refinement phase we will start to concentrate on the individual goals of each horse and rider combination.
The different disciplines begin to emerge here.
This phase is characterized by moving the horse from the snaffle bit to the hackamore. The dressage and hunter/jumper disciplines emphasize the refinement in the snaffle that will produce consistent results over time in the show ring.
Like honing a beautiful edge on a sharp knife, the Refinement phase builds on the Immersion foundation.
Working cattle combines all the elements Immersion, Refinement and Working Equitation.
The Benefits of Working the Cows for Dressage - Hunter/Jumper & Pleasure Riders
¨ Shoulder control
¨ Improved transitions
¨ Increased impulsion
¨ Moving in balance
¨ Clarity of communication
¨ Increased preparedness
¨ New experience
The sport of working equitation broadens a horse’s scope and teaches him to be a good partner in any equine sport you care to pursue. It is especially good for improving dressage skills. The obstacle course is not only fun, but it sharpens your aids and basics like bending, leg yields and transitions.
Greg's clinic format includes flatwork and dressage fundamentals, as well as working obstacles that will:
· Create precision and fluidity in transitions
· Develop collection and balance
· Establish rhythm of gaits
· Build confidence and harmony
· Improve hindquarter and shoulder engagement
Working equitation welcomes competitors from every breed and discipline and all riding levels.