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Dressage for ADHD Event Horses

Olympic event riders Kelly Plitz and Ian Roberts and their son, Waylon Roberts, have ridden their share of 'Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder' horses during dressage. Here are their tips for dealing with them. AT-HOME EXERCISES Waylon: I have exercises that I do all the time at home so my horses become so comfortable with them they know exactly what it is they are going to do with no surprises. I take that to shows and apply the same exercises, so it feels like home. I want the horses so tuned into me that the surroundings make little difference. Exercise 1: Start by riding shallow serpentines at the walk along the long sides of the arena. This exercise is very slow and simple, yet effective. To go left, your left leg goes forward, your right leg goes back. To go right, your right leg goes forward, the left goes back. The…

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