Monday, April 13, 2009


This is going to be a very short intro to get me started. I've been searching in vain for more learned writers than I; searching for their gems on the art of turning. I'm sadly short on inspiration, left empty and relying on my own thoughts. Poor readers, I apologise and hope that one of you may have a resource you can share with me. Just the basics to begin with, how does one take an uneducated horse and teach him to turn? I know what I do but seriously in all my books I can only find two that I remotely like. One being Heather Moffet's which is really rider based and the other Kyra Kyrklund's which is aimed at teaching a young horse and very similar to my method. Is this important fundamental passed over as being to basic? Do the great masters believe that we already know these things or am I just blind and can't find them. Help is needed or tomorrow you'll be hearing my thoughts, lol.


Di said...

I'll try to gather my thoughts. Hee hee,if I can find them!
I find it hard to put into words what I actually do when I'm riding. OMG - do I actually do anything!!
Thought provoking topic, bit worrying too LOL

Di said...

Do you mean Kyra K's ABC, work on a square, which include turning the young horse? A simple but effective method I think.

Di said...

Eric Herbermann gives a reasonable explanation on the sequence of aids when changing the rein, but not initial training of the young horse.

Claire said...


i haven't read kyra k, can't remember getting as far as that with eric herbermann (must start where i left off ... last read when i was in cheshire!)

if i find anything i'll let you know!

Cabruze said...

Long reining and work-in-hand is how I've taught Zeffy to turn. Same principles as under saddle. Must admit I'm at a much earlier stage of riding him - still being led! But I can't see why the ground work we've done shouldn't translate easily for him when we've no strings attached!

trudi said...

Absolutely Jane. That's just what I'm hoping to outline here, how the system gets refined as we go along. Years ago I was taught to turn (good ole BHS style) and then when my dressage training advanced I was told to chuck all that out of the window and had to reducate myself. I suppose I'm trying to collect my thoughts now on the progression from groundwork to ridden and baby turning to turning for an advanced horse.

Still can't find an author who addresses this in this fashion.