Sound equine-management practices coupled with a good dose of common sense will assist in the longevity of senior horses.
I was gratified recently to hear a former U.S. team rider tell of an experience early in her career. She was just riding in a field, practicing some movements, with all going well. Ok, she decided, I’ll run through the test. Suddenly her horse seemed to change, from loose and relaxed to stiff and tense.
In the November 2009 issue of Dressage Today magazine, Raul de Leon gives advice and exercises to help trainers teach dressage to students. Here is a list of tips for instructors.