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Hands-free riding

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Riding Level 2: Riding without the reins At famous Cadre Noir school of equitation in Saumur France, riders are put on horseback on long reins or the longeline for two years before they are allowed to pick up the reins.  This insures they have a completely independent seat.  Most of our students do not have that much time to devote…

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P’s & Q’s of the Riding Ring

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Riding Level 2: Ring Etiquette Just like the theatre, dining room and public road, the riding arena has its own, often unspoken, rules of conduct.  Unlike the question of which fork to use for salad, arena rules are there for safety.  In your level 2 riding test we want you to: 14. Demonstrate safety and good manners in group Because…

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Nailing the Dismount

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Riding Level 2: The Vaulting Dismount There are many ways to get off a horse, but only a few that are deliberate and don't involve pain or embarrassment.  When you first learn to ride that ground seems awfully far away, and it takes a while to learn to dismount with confidence and grace.  That's why it's not until level 2…

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The Leading Hoof

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Riding Level 2 - Identifying the Canter Lead Although we don't ask you to ride the canter on a particular lead at Level 2, we do want you to be visually able to identify the lead on which a horse is cantering . 12. Identify canter leads while watching another horse. What is a canter lead? The canter is a…

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The Canter

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Riding Level 2: The Canter Level 1 Riding is all done at the walk and trot.  However, the most useful gait for advanced Mounted Combat is the canter.  A horse in a balanced canter is smooth to ride, and can move swiftly in and out of melee, turning with precision to help his rider deliver accurate blows and avoid counter-strikes. …

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Squaring the Circle

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Riding Level 2: Circles and Half - circles If you ride, whether it's dressage, hunter-jumpers, reining, or mounted combat, you will spend a lot of time going in circles.  The circle is probably the single most effective training tool a rider has.  A horse travelling correctly on a circle develops suppleness, as he curves his spine from poll to dock…

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On the Mark: making accurate transitions

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Riding Level 2: Progressive Transitions Those who have been in Cavaliere Classes and riding lessons in the last week or so will have noticed we've spent quite a bit of time working on transitions, from halt to walk, walk to trot, trot to walk, etc.  Transitions that go from one pace to the next one down or up are called…

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Mounted Juggling

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Riding Level 2: Mounted Games We don't actually ask you to juggle while riding, but sometimes that's what it feels like  when we ask you to 8. Pick up an object from a standard, carry at trot to another standard and deposit. You may wonder what on earth this skill has to do with mounted swordplay, but let's back up…

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Losing the Reliance on Reins

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Riding Level II: Single-handed Transitions and Turns As you progress through your riding for mounted combat you will eventually want to be able to guide your horse without reins.  In the interim, you will do most of your fighting with one hand on the reins.  At level two we check on your ability to guide your horse with overhand reining:…

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Finding the stirrups … again

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Riding Level 2: Regaining the stirrups In Riding Level 1 we asked you to drop your stirrups and retake them at the walk.  In level 2, you'll be asked to: 6. Drop stirrups at sitting trot and regain at walk There's not much I can say about regaining the stirrups that hasn't already been covered in this Level 1 post,…

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