disciplines of dressage and jumping are putting the horse’s natural abilities into work, but not in the horses' natural
situations. In nature, horses perform certain movements when confronted with the need for them - without having
to think about what it is doing. Instead, a 'knowing' comes into play, and the horse automatically produces acrobatic-type
movements without having to think about them. In a natural situation, horses are able to apply themselves
to any job at hand with displays of natural ability, and it is upon a certain range of a horse's natural movement that the
training of dressage has been based upon.
However, once a human starts to work with a horse, the horse is
no longer in its natural situation. The NHDJ method helps to achieve a more natural response from the
WE WILL AIM TO ACHIEVE BY ENGAGING IN EMAIL TUITION:
sane and comfortable relationship with your horse, both on the ground and when riding
Balanced, effective ground handling
Balanced riding skills
Safe and comfortable jumping techniques
Effective dressage skills to a high level
Intellectual understanding of the skills involved
Development of feel, along with the understanding
and skills which will leave others in awe
Direct and safe skills that are useable with all horses
The least abusive
ways to be effective in the disciplines that NHDJ covers
requirements need to be learnt about for the disciplines of dressage and jumping to be ridden in the most humane and effective,
and therefore, satisfactory way.
You will first be introduced to the basic dressage
training skills which are necessary for balanced and safe training in both the disciplines of dressage and jumping.
At appropriate stages of the NHDJ system, the basic training of jump-work can be included. While this is not
necessary, basic jump-work does help to improve the relationship between horse and rider. If all the components of dressage
and jumping can be work on at the appropriate stages of this system, the result will be more spectacular than by only
working on the dressage discipline by itself.
At a certain stage of the training, jump work can branch off into an
area by itself if that is where you want to go. Otherwise, the jump learning/training will finish once basic jump skills
have been learnt. The dressage skill learning will continue onto completion stage, where the Grand Prix level of
work is the goal.
Choosing to continue with the jump-work allows riders to realise the value that the dressage
component of this work has in helping horse's to develop a greater ability in their work, with riders gaining more enjoyment
of their horse. The height and width of the jump-work is increased during this time.
Via this website I offer a training method by email, based upon a series of steps that need to be worked
through to achieve this method’s goals. Training this way is based upon you training yourself under the guidance
of my written direction. You will report to me about you and your horse's progress, with any queries you may have about
any stage being working upon being dealt with as the training progresses. You can support your progress by supplying
me with videos or photos.
modules page offers more information about the steps involved.
interest is shown by pupils about sharing their experiences in this work via email, I am prepared to establish an
online discussion group for this purpose.
Remember that with payment for any step undertaken via email required
only after you have understood and achieved a step, this guarantees a return for your investment. You can
purchase steps ahead if you would like to.
questions that are outside the current work can be asked, with payment required only after you are satisfied with my answers
WHAT ARE THE CHOICES
You can choose to start with the riding work, but the preferred way is to
begin by learning about the ground work skills. The skill development involved for both horse and rider in the
task of lunging allows the overall training of this work to formulate a better result.
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