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  1. Part 2 Effective Communication with the Driving Horse To Begin Part 2 Click here.

  2. Body Position is The 4th Aid

  3. Seat Position Jeff Morse & Telishan Santiam, owned by Gail & Laurence Williamson

  4. How it Should Look Jeff Morse & SBS Risky Business

  5. To be repeated every 5 minutes Lift you feet and rest them on the floor Work your way up your legs, knees, thighs, pelvis Let the motion of the vehicle move you. Become Elvis = Loose! Elbows even with the front of your rib cage Hands held the width of your shoulders Hands higher than your elbows Ride the vehicle like you are riding on a saddle LOOK where you are going! TheCheck YourselfRoutine

  6. Where to Look, How to See, What to Feel • Train your brain to use the area outside the center of your visual field. • Learn to drive by FEEL. • Do not look at your horse. • Play Eye Spy. • Drive a 40 meter circle • Look up and around • Do not look at your horse • Look ½ way around, ¼ way, ¾ way

  7. Driving Blind Learn to drive by Feel by driving with your eyes closed.

  8. Squint and Blur Exercise • This squinting/blurring exercise is especially good when there are obstacles around • Before your Dressage Tests • Drive problem movements • What can you FEEL?

  9. Improving Communication For The Horse • Time Management • Standing - Patience • Time Off - Processing • Competition - Stress • Equipment Fit & Adjustment • Bits – Busy/Quiet Mouth • Reins – Synthetic, Position • Seat position

  10. Sometimes the equipment really does get in the way of the best performance

  11. Size Matters!

  12. Improving Communication for The Horse The Essential Exercise Let’s Make a Deal The Horse gets to move your hand with his mouth in exchange for you getting to move and control the horse’s head and neck.

  13. The Horse Gets to Move Your Hand? Fayth Preis & Harwinton Daisy Davis Jeff Morse & Gaitwood Garmisch Fred Herrick & Saddleback Supreme

  14. A Poor Deal

  15. The Figure 8 Map

  16. Figure 8 Rules • The Horse must look inside the circle. • The Horse can not change the speed at which you ask him to travel. • Can’t speed up or slow down. • The Horse can reach down and forward all he wants. • He is free to explore. • You can not hold or support him with your hand. • He can plow a trench in the ground with his nose! • Note:no rule about size of the circle

  17. Loop and Wave • Your goal is to manage every stride • With limited strides available to get him where he needs to go, the horse will find he has to get every stride as right as he can. • Horses learn to WAIT to be driven.

  18. The 7 Essential Exercises When the audio for this slide has ended, click here. • Check Yourself –> Find Your Posture • Eye Spy –> Where You Look • Driving Blind –> What You Feel • Squinting and Blurring –> What You Feel II • Lets Make a Deal –> How to Feel the Horse • Figure 8 –> How to Find Balance • Loop and Wave –> How to Find Dexterity

  19. Jeff Morse trains horses and drivers for carriage driving in the Berkshire Hills in Massachusetts, 7 mile from Exit1 on the Mass. Pike. He is available for clinics year round. His competition and clinic schedule is viewable here. Jeff, whip ~ Age 2 with his Advanced Rooster Jeff Morse www.green.meads.com green@meads.com Green Meads farm PO Box 158 Richmond, MA 01254 413.698.3804 Click here. If you enjoyed the presentation: To Buy the CDversion or To Make a Donation toward the production costs