In the October 2009 issue of Dressage Today magazine, Lisa Wilcox explains how to achieve throughness--when energy moves through the horse's body with no blocks, allowing the topline to swing without tension. Lateral and longitudinal suppleness are essential in developing throughness. Shoulder-fore, transitions and half halts can be helpful teaching tools. The exercise of spiraling in and out works on suppleness using these tools.
Turn up your volume to hear Lisa's instruction. Then read more tips for throughness from Lisa.
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Lisa Wilcox was a member of the U.S. bronze medal team at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, and the U.S. silver medal team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. She also earned an individual silver at the 2003 Open European Championships in Hickstead, Germany. After 12 years overseas, she returned to the United States. Based in Wellington, Fla., she trains out of Tuny Page's Stillpoint Farms. She is competing Ingred Lin's two Lusitano stallions at Grand Prix, Highlife Farms' Der Euro at Intermediaire II and Diamond Stud and Der Dollar in the 6-year-old classes.