Los Alamos Dressage Center offers training and instruction in both dressage and open jumping from beginners through Grand Prix. It also offers two of the highest scoring Swedish Warmblood stallions in North America at stud. Los Alamos Dressage Center is the founder and breeder of the well known "Baltic" line of Swedish Warmblood horses.
TRAINING AND INSTRUCTION
Established in 1966 by the late Maj. Hector Carmona as the first dressage school in the USA, Los Alamos Dressage Center has always been dedicated to the fine art of training rider and horse. Now in California at Cañada Larga Stables in Ventura, just 1 hour north of Los Angeles, and amid acres of rolling countryside, this institution continues.
With Dr. Gail Hoff-Carmona
Use Of The Aids
A horse is said to be “on the aids” when its body becomes like a compressed spring, full of potential energy that is ready to be released into kinetic energy similar to a bow being strung and ready to shoot an arrow.
A rider puts a horse “on the aids” through the correct driving action of the seat and legs together with the receiving action of the hand. The driving aids push the horse forward and the hands limit the upward and outward extension of the nose and neck so that the horse flexes at the poll, arches its neck and moves forward in balance.
It is important to remember, however, that the active driving aids must be separated from the retarding (hands) aids so that when the rider pushes the horse forward, the hand should only receive not restrict the motion. Likewise, when the rider actively restrains the energy by use of the hand, the driving aids should cease.
Forward impulsion causes the neck to raise up from the withers and, upon finding the resistance at the bit, it yields at the poll and assumes the correct head position.
When horse can maintain this position in all 3 gaits and simple school figures as well as upward and downward transitions, it is considered “on the aids”.
Effectiveness combined with discreetness in use of aids is the goal of a dressage rider.
Some simple exercises that will help a horse and rider better understand exactly how the rider “speaks” to the horse through the use of seat, leg and hand are:
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When doing downward transitions (i.e., trot to walk), how do you think the seat of the rider should work?
What is the action of the lower leg during the downward transitions?
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