It’s always possible to improve a turn. There are so many little adjustments that can make a huge difference to one of the most fundamental riding movements. The tiniest change can make the difference between leaning or slowing around a corner, and making balanced, stable turns. Not to mention the control necessary to perform well in dressage tests!
Requirements for turning effectively:
- Asking for an inside bend
- from the elbow
- Continued contact with both hands
- Inside shoulder should be back
Things that will hamper the turn:
- Crossing the horse’s neck with the outside rein
- Twisting of the rider’s torso
- The rider leaning inwards (or anywhere really, sit up straight!)
Legs are not covered here. Not yet.