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Structure Your Warm-up with David Marcus

This Training Buzz episode features Canadian Olympian David Marcus of Marcus Fyffe Dressage. In each warm-up ride, from green to Grand Prix, Marcus looks to do these three things:

  1. Check and train his horse’s reactions to his seat, leg and rein.
  2. Check and train his ability to regulate the length of his horse’s stride, and
  3. Check and train his ability to control the horse’s overall shape. 

In this segment, Marcus demonstrates how to use the 20-meter circle to ride forward and back transitions. He uses these exercises to correct and control the horse’s reaction time as well as the horse’s balance and length of stride, two things that he believes are important to the warm-up.

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