Trainer Mary Flood explains how to apply the elements of the training scale to build a foundation for daily success. In this video, Mary walks us through a training ride, highlighting the proper use of rhythm, relaxation, connection, impulsion, straightness and collection. She also demonstrates common mistakes that a rider can make while working through the warm-up.
Mary Flood warms up Wiecor VA, a 10-year-old Hanoverian owned by March Enders.
Video by Carol Havelka.
For more on using the training scale in your warm-up, read Mary Flood's article in the November 2010 issue of Dressage Today.
Mary Flood, a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level and a bronze, silver and gold medalist, was on the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) Long List and competed at the 1992 Olympic screening trials. Grand Prix wins include Dressage at Devon and the USET Festival of Champions. She is based at Wildfire Farm in Lovettsville, Va.