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The Aids , the Language between the Rider and his Horse

The signals which a rider uses to transmit his wishes to his horse are called the AIDS. We can divide these into two categories¬†: the natural aids such as the hands, arms , legs, seat (the influence of the spine) and the weight (centre of gravity)¬†: and the artificial aids such as spurs, whip or the voice. While performing a dressage test the use of the voice is not permitted, but we will find that when training- especially young horses- we do use the voice often.   In order to succeed in getting the horse to obey our wishes, we must combine all the aids in such a way as to make our intentions clear to him, as well as shaping his body into a suitable state as …

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