Posted in Team Animalife By Tara Punter
"I was immensely grateful to Animalife for the opportunity of having a lesson with Piggy French at her gorgeous yard last Monday. Despite the testing British weather conditions the lesson was really beneficial and I took away a lot of tips on ring-craft and day-to-day training.
I took my young horse Odie (CSF Vivendi Vie) who is a 5 year old currently working at BE100 level and preparing to move up to Novice for next season.
We started off working on the flat and then ran through a Novice dressage test and Piggy provided me with useful feedback. Piggy’s top tip for ‘lengthened strides in canter on a 20m circle’ is to ask the horse for more at the start of the circle to give enough time for the horse to be able to rebalance before the next movement. Piggy also suggested that when working Odie at home I should vary the trot to keep the horse active and stepping through from behind.
We then moved on to some jumping and strung a few fences together into a course, Piggy picked up on the fact that I’m always trying too hard to find the perfect stride to each fence and should actually ride with more flexibility on my approach. Overall Odie performed nicely and it was good preparation for our final event of the season this weekend. Once again, thank you Animalife!" Sarie Weaving.