the turning aids (the right leg and right indirect rein).

Your Next Step… Once you have prac-

Palm Partnership Training™ Building A Partnership With Your Horse

“Aids Communication: Correcting Falling Out”

By Lynn Palm. The goal for both the

bending and turning aids is to control the horse’s body position and his balance. We will use a circle pattern to demonstrate how to cor- rect one of two common problems that occur when trying to keep a horse straight through a turn. This week we will cover the problem called falling out. Many horses have a natural tendency to fall out when turning. It may be more of an issue when turning in one direction rather than the other. It is the rider’s re- sponsibility to anticipate this and know how to cor- rect it using the turning aids. Start at the walk and

prepare to bring the horse on a large circle to the right.

Remember this “golden rule” of riding: to turn cor- rectly the rider must get the horse bending correctly first. Before the turn bend the horse using the bending aids (the inside leg and open inside rein) while support- ing the bend with the out- side leg slightly further back than the inside leg on the horse’s barrel and outside indirect rein against the neck to position him. Use the turning aids, the outside leg and outside indirect rein, to direct him through the turn and follow the circle. As the horse is turning,

if he travels too far off the curve and drifts to the out- side (in this example to the right), we say he is falling out. He has lost the proper bend in his body. His head has gone too far to the right

while his shoulders and hindquarters have left the arc of the circle to the out- side or the left. To correct this, use the left leg to bring the body and hips back to the circle. Use the left rein to bring his shoulders back to the right and on the circle, and to straighten the head and neck from being too far to the right. You still have to support the horse bending right with the right leg and open right rein. Maintain the direction using the bending aids, supporting them by ac- tively using the turning aids. Change


through the middle of the circle and repeat this exer- cise to the left. Use the bending aids (the inside leg and open inside rein) and support the bend with the outside leg and outside indi-

rect rein against the neck. Use the turning aids to ask for the change in direction at the same time properly bending the horse to follow the arc of the turn. If the horse falls out in this direc- tion, use the right leg and right rein to correct the problem. To maintain bal- ance of the horse going to the left, keep the bending aids active (left leg and left rein) and more actively use

ticed controlling falling out on the circle at the walk, re- peat the exercise at the trot. The bending and turning aids will be applied in the same manner as at the walk. Keep the horse forward at the trot with the inside leg and use it as the primary bending aid. The inside rein flexes the head inward while the outside leg and rein are the primary aids to keep the horse turning. If he falls out in either direction, use the outside leg and direct out- side rein to bring him back on the circle’s arc. Maintain the bend of the horse with the inside leg and inside rein.

The key to success of

controlling the horse’s bal- ance from falling out is to recognize where it is hap- pening on the circle. Most commonly a horse falls out as he is going away from a gate, barn, his pasture or paddock. The rider needs to anticipate this. It is a natural

tendency for every horse be- cause his herd instinct en- courages it. As the next circle comes around if you remind yourself to turn sooner, before the point where the horse tends to fall out, you will improve his balance from falling out.

Lynn’s Training Tip… My bridleless exhibi-

tions on “My Royal Lark” have caused many riders to ask me if they can learn to ride “bridleless, too.” The answer is YES, if you learn how to do it safely and prop- erly.

I like to call this

“learning to ride from the waist down” since it de- mands the effective use of leg and seat aids, rather than the rider’s hands. It’s fun and your horse will love it too!

Bridleless training ben-

efits your riding, too, no matter what type of horse you have or the riding disci- pline you enjoy. The impor- tant benefit of the rider’s use of seat and leg aids is stressed, taking the empha- sis off the hand aids, which allows the rider to commu-

nicate more clearly with the horse. You become a more confident rider and improve any rider balance problems through your hands. You’ll learn to “read” your horse and understand where he carries his natural balance. At the clinics at our

farm, we will show you bri- dleless training, which pro- vides excellent


techniques for older horses, for horses that have prob- lems accepting a bit, and for horses that show signs of re- sistance as a way to get them to slow down and ac- cept what they are doing. I demonstrate the steps that must be followed and care- fully evaluated before you advance. Ground training, numerous types of maneu- vers, and many steps of training are involved in this unique method. This can help you mark

a new beginning in the rela- tionship you have with your horse. It’s a great training tool to use to add new life to your daily training, sharpen communication with your horse, and develop trust be- tween the two of you.

Helen Parker Receives July 2020 Dressage Volunteer of the Month Award

evolved into the role of EAADA Clinic Coordinator and worked with other members to bring in a num- ber of respected clinicians such as Dane Rawlins, Hol- ger Münstermann and Mikael Holmström. She spearheaded the organiza- tion of the Wild Rose Schooling Show Series, as

sage began in England, where she graduated from the Talland School of Equi- tation and received her British Horse Society Assis- tant Instructor’s Certifica- tion. When she returned to Canada, Parker noticed a need to bolster the local dressage community and subsequently devoted her time and energy helping the EAADA extend its profile. Parker


Ottawa, ON, July 16, 2020 – Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce that Helen Parker of Edmonton, AB, has been chosen as the July 2020 recipient of the Dressage Volunteer of the Month Award. Parker has been a respected member of the Edmonton Area Alberta Dressage As- sociation (EAADA) for the past thirty-eight years. Parker’s love of dres-

throughout Alberta at ven- ues such as Klondike Days, Rundle Park and The Ed- monton Coliseum during rodeo week. Many riders have identified these very demonstrations as the mo- ment in which they decided to give dressage a try. Parker has also served

around the Edmonton area with her friend, Betty Sei- del, and their horses. They entertained

audiences as a past President of

EAADA and sat on the Ed- monton Sport Council Board to promote the sport of dressage. Her willingness to use her talents and abili- ties to strengthen the EAADA mission is un- equaled and has greatly ad- vanced the sport of dressage in Alberta.

unteer who deserves recog- nition, nominations are quick and easy through the EC website. Nominations for the award are accepted until the 20th day of each month, making July 20th the next deadline to submit the name of a volunteer who has made a difference to the sport of dressage. Questions and comments on the Dres- sage Volunteer of the Month Award can be directed to Christine

Peters at

PHOTO – Helen Parker of Edmonton, AB, was named the Dressage Volunteer of the Month for July 2020 in recognition of her efforts to spread the joy of dressage and increase participation across Alberta.

PHOTO CREDIT – Cour- tesy of Deb Meraw

If you know of a vol-

realized the beauty of dres- sage, Parker

est moments was believing that Alberta and the EAADA could host a com- petition of the highest cal- iber – a FEI CDI 3*. This competition was success- fully held at Amberlea Meadows in Leduc County, AB, and was organized to the highest of standards. To ensure the public


well as the popular Jaimey Irwin Clinic Series, which remains well attended to this day. Additionally, Parker has spent many hours fundraising at casinos for the Alberta Dressage Asso- ciation, which plays a huge role in supporting events and programming. One of Parker’s proud-

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