Partnership Dressage at LNDC

Lake Norman Dressage Center, home to Elaine Hayes' newly created "PARTNERSHIP DRESSAGE" offers horse and heart centered dressage and horsemanship lessons, training, and clinics for those wanting a more harmonious partnership with their dressage horse.

Lake Norman Dressage Center, Inc. is a premier dressage facility with a strong emphasis on natural horsemanship and rider self-awareness located in Mooresville, NC and convenient to Charlotte, Huntersville, Lake Norman, and Statesville. Our primary goal is to develop happy, healthy, and competitive dressage partnerships. We cultivate horses that are happy athletes. The FEI defines "the object of d

Operating as usual

Photos from Partnership Dressage at LNDC's post 03/31/2022

As we gear up to go show (really for the first time in two years earnestly), I still feel exactly the same about "The Wonder Pony".
We are close to debuting our best freestyle EVER-this time at I-1!!!!!
Ruth Shaw ❤️

03/23/2022

No shame in walk only lessons!!!! The basics cannot be skipped.
The cost of Skipped basics are injured riders and unhappy horses- a cost hardly worth paying!!!

Some thoughts on lessons and clinics:

-if your horse is nervous or hot, that is fine. You’re not performing, and I’d rather you bring me what you have to work with and have me help you get them relaxed and balanced.

-lunging your horse to expend energy before a lesson wastes precious energy you’re gonna need in the lesson, and goes against the purpose of the lesson. We’re working on relaxation and balance: lunging or round penning in circles to get the ya-ya’s out does the opposite of this, putting you at a poor starting place. Again, bring what you have and we’ll get there together.

-if all you did was walk, there was a reason. We’re working with where you and the horse can stay relaxed and balanced. If the basics in the walk are not solid, how can we trot and canter without losing balance and relaxation?

-if all you did was walk, don’t downplay the amount of physical effort your horse had to put in. Your horses is using deep postural muscles to stabilize their body in a way they aren’t used to. They will be tired. I’ve had top level endurance horses exhausted after 20 minutes of walking in good form- it’s not what they’re used to doing, and different muscles and ways of going are being used.

-if all you did was walk in the lesson, at the end of the lesson getting a trot and canter in out of balance and with tension is like eating Oreos after brushing your teeth. I left you and your horse where you were for a reason: because your horse was in a good frame of mind and a good balance. Ending on that note was intentional.

-you won’t walk forever. You’re there because either a) it’s a great place to give the rider enough time to focus, learn to follow the motion of the horse and practice a new skill
B ) the horses’ back is tense and needs to open
C) the rider can’t go into the faster gaits without pulling, getting tight, fixating on headset or otherwise reversing the balance and relaxation we’ve worked on at the walk.

There is no shame in any of these. We start with where you are and go from there. I don’t care if you’re a Grand Prix rider or a backyard trail rider. I don’t care how much your horse cost. If we’re working together, I believe in you, and you will be treated with the same amount of respect
but if the basics aren’t right, they aren’t right, and we don’t rush past basics.

03/09/2022

I do a lot of touching and energy work these days. I am thankful we live in a time where this is beginning to become more common and less frowned upon, so we, the humans, can be more comfortable to experiment and our horses can flourish and be truly happy.
❤️

𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗛𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲

𝘞𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘺 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘓𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘩, 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘏𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴. 𝘍𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 2013

Touch your horse to connect, to detect, to release, to reward, to assist to unfold, to remind, to facilitate, to bring peace or energy to make whole and to make well. Touch.

This is a theme that comes back again and again in Manolo's work and it is important to take the time to learn to read the bodies of our horses like a roadmap to wellness, to 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘂𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗰𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗱𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸, 𝗶𝗳 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝘀𝗼.

Learn to touch and learn to feel, to wait, to be with your horse quietly, in the moment, un-hurried so that his body may process and wind and unwind as it chooses and needs.

Listen.

Listen to what your fingers tell you, to the horse's breath and yours, to the pinch of his nostrils slowly widening as he inhales, the slackening of his lip, the slight chewing motion, the rapid blink or deep rapture of heavy eyelids.

The poll is a place fertile with signals and information, what does it tell your fingers as they rest or probe gently the horse's occiput, his atlas and axis, the space where the forlock springs from?

These are questions that yield answers to a horse's behavior or performance.

When in clinics, in moments when Manolo does bodywork, conversations slow to nothing. As horses turn inward and begin their inner journey, so do many auditors. People sigh, stretch, yawn, some may even find their eyes misting.

𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗹𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝘁, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗳𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻.

There is a vulnerability in a horse that closes his eyes, drops his neck and in a crowed environment, welcomes peace into himself.

There is a trust there that can change how one looks at horses.

𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝗲, 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘂𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗱, 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀, 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗲 𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺, 𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝘁.

It is in these moments, that sometimes we can see the burden of stress and worry slide away from an anxious, nervous horse and recognize how much we ask of these gentle creatures, not always recognizing that often, we ask too much, confusing their physical prowess and acceptance with what their bodies, minds and heart can handle.

It is naive to speak of magic but anyone who has stood by as a traveling companion to a horse letting bodywork in, and using it as his body needs, will tell you that the very air that you breath changes, the space you are in, changes.

𝗔𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗵𝗶𝗺.

Sometimes so lightly, you will never know it, and sometimes so profoundly, that minutes feel like days and you find yourself blinking, awakening to life with fresh eyes, every cell in your body humming softly, filled with golden light.

I can only hope that this inner wellbeing is what horses feel like when they allow our touch to help transport them where they need to go to heal.

How does it feel to you to touch your horse?

Learn more about training for wellness at: www.manolomendezdressage.com

03/09/2022

I do a lot of touching and energy work these days. I am thankful we live in a time where this is beginning to become more common and less frowned upon, so we, the humans, can be more comfortable to experiment and our horses can flourish and be truly happy.
❤️

𝗧𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗛𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲

𝘞𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘺 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘓𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘪𝘭𝘩, 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘏𝘰𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴. 𝘍𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 2013

Touch your horse to connect, to detect, to release, to reward, to assist to unfold, to remind, to facilitate, to bring peace or energy to make whole and to make well. Touch.

This is a theme that comes back again and again in Manolo's work and it is important to take the time to learn to read the bodies of our horses like a roadmap to wellness, to 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘂𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗯𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗰𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗱𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗹𝗶𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸, 𝗶𝗳 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼 𝘀𝗼.

Learn to touch and learn to feel, to wait, to be with your horse quietly, in the moment, un-hurried so that his body may process and wind and unwind as it chooses and needs.

Listen.

Listen to what your fingers tell you, to the horse's breath and yours, to the pinch of his nostrils slowly widening as he inhales, the slackening of his lip, the slight chewing motion, the rapid blink or deep rapture of heavy eyelids.

The poll is a place fertile with signals and information, what does it tell your fingers as they rest or probe gently the horse's occiput, his atlas and axis, the space where the forlock springs from?

These are questions that yield answers to a horse's behavior or performance.

When in clinics, in moments when Manolo does bodywork, conversations slow to nothing. As horses turn inward and begin their inner journey, so do many auditors. People sigh, stretch, yawn, some may even find their eyes misting.

𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗹𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝘁, 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗲𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗳𝘁𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗼 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝘂𝗹𝗹 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻.

There is a vulnerability in a horse that closes his eyes, drops his neck and in a crowed environment, welcomes peace into himself.

There is a trust there that can change how one looks at horses.

𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗹𝗲, 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘂𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗱, 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀, 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗲 𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗺, 𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝘁.

It is in these moments, that sometimes we can see the burden of stress and worry slide away from an anxious, nervous horse and recognize how much we ask of these gentle creatures, not always recognizing that often, we ask too much, confusing their physical prowess and acceptance with what their bodies, minds and heart can handle.

It is naive to speak of magic but anyone who has stood by as a traveling companion to a horse letting bodywork in, and using it as his body needs, will tell you that the very air that you breath changes, the space you are in, changes.

𝗔𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗿𝘀𝗲, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗼𝘂𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗵𝗶𝗺.

Sometimes so lightly, you will never know it, and sometimes so profoundly, that minutes feel like days and you find yourself blinking, awakening to life with fresh eyes, every cell in your body humming softly, filled with golden light.

I can only hope that this inner wellbeing is what horses feel like when they allow our touch to help transport them where they need to go to heal.

How does it feel to you to touch your horse?

Learn more about training for wellness at: www.manolomendezdressage.com

Happy Athlete Quiz Start 03/09/2022

Happy Athlete Quiz Start

Love this quiz!!!!
Be honest! Don’t worry, If your score isn’t what you hope, Karen has excellent advice and tools to help at the end of the quiz, as we do here at Partnership Dressage, where the goal is horses as happy athletes!!!!

Happy Athlete Quiz Start The Object of Dressageis the development of the horse into a happy athlete resulting in a horse who is calm, loose, supple, and flexible but also confident, attentive, and keen thus achieving perfect understanding with his rider.(Article 401 Dressage Rulebook)

03/03/2022

Amen. You had told me 10 years ago I would feel this way and feel this way so strongly I would probably would not have believed you.
I am so immeasurably happier now than I was even 3-4 years ago because of this change in mindset.
🙏🏻❤️🐴🙏🏻❤️🐴

When you begin to understand that real horsemanship comes from self development, you stop looking at difficult situations with horses as problems. They become opportunities for growth- every spooky colt, poorly started older horse, every windy day, lame step, or undesirable behavior I’ve encountered in my life has paved the way for learning. Each one of these problems then becomes a stepping stone to self mastery - regulating your emotions, improving your timing, learning to observe, learning to set up situations in the future for success based on situations in the past that did not go as well as you’d hoped. You stop labeling these problem moments as “good” or “bad,” but just another opportunity to connect with your horse in a way that is meaningful to them, and to develop skills that make communicating with all horses easier and more peaceful.

03/01/2022

Oh yes. I feel exactly the same.

If this resonates with you and you feel like you want to learn in an environment and a place that puts the horses comfort and happiness first, a place where you must first learn how to NOT influence the horse in ANY way, a place where you first learn how to go WITH the horse, then Partnership Dressage is your place to learn!!!
Building happy athletes by informing and empowering humans in a fun and non traditional way!!!

Many strengthening exercises have good intentions: to strengthen the core, lift the back and front end of the horse, and create better carriage.

What most programs miss is what is blocking the horse from being able to do this in the first place. Just repeating more of them will not strengthen the horse in the way that we think (although it will strengthen something, just not what we intended). Before a horse can work toward strengthening, they need to be relaxed, in a good learning frame of mind, and free of tension and compensation patterns. This really is the meat and potatoes of much of my work, and what I see is hugely missing out there.

If the shoulders are not free, why?
If the back is not free, why?
If the hind legs are not stable, why?

These questions need to be answered before we go about trying to lift that, engage this, or strengthen whatever.

Photo by Cindy Roper

02/22/2022

These concepts are very difficult for people to fully understand. For myself as well, I thought I understood but I’m recently beginning to understand the full extent to which these things are true. Breathing and just being are not hardwired or promoted in our culture. I want to change that

Rushing Horse, Losing Balance, On the Forehand, Etc: What to Do?

When a horse rushes, Manolo suggests the handler/rider should immediately think about, observe and act on what he can do to improve the horse's mindset, tonus, balance & breath.

What does he mean by this?

Often when a horse does not deliver the performance we ask of him, we are taught to make his job more difficult to solve the issues he is giving us, the rider.

For example, a horse lacks balance?

We are taught to do more quick fire transitions.

A horse is stiff?

We are taught to do smaller circles and increase the amount of lateral work.

Neither of these responses are appropriate.

We make the horse tenser and tenser in the mind and body and because the horse tries very hard to please us, we cause him to compromise his body - perhaps a horse becomes a leg mover instead of a back mover for example.

In reality, and this is very clear when you watch Manolo work, problems are solved by:

🌀 making things easier and simpler for the horse,

🌀 examining where the problem originates from and

🌀 taking steps to make the horse's job easier to understand, easier to accomplish.

A horse rushing is a horse out of balance.

Balance has two dimensions:

A physical dimension but also a mental/emotional one.

So when we look at a horse rushing, we should observe his entire demeanor.

What do his face, eyes, nostrils, mouths, throat latch, tail, muscles, skin, tension, movement tell us?

🌀 Is the horse moving fluidly with a serene expression and the muscles draped over its bones rippling in gentle, rhythmical waves?

🌀 Is he in a regular rhythm that feels like he could go on for miles without breaking into a heavy sweat ( a nice uniform dampness is good),

🌀 Is his body moving evenly, all the joints working in synch or do you have to keep "driving that hind leg under" to keep the kind of movement you think you want going?

🌀 When he is left alone (the rider is not aiding), does he keep going without concern or does he slow down, rush and/or become discombobulated?

🌀Does he want to bring his neck up or on the contrary go very low with it?

🌀 How is the horse breathing? Is he holding his breath or breathing rhythmically? How does his breath change or not going to the left/right? Do you know?

🌀 How much tension is the horse holding in its body?

The best quality movement comes from a horse when he uses only the amount of energy necessary to create the movement he needs and not a smidgen more. Manolo finds this to be true in his experience as do some horse trainers and wellness pros such as Professor Denoix or Professor Deb Bennett.

This means the horse is working in the lowest tonus ( the highest degree of absence of tension) possible. This low tonus requires mental as well as physical de-contraction.

All this represents some clues as to whether we have found our horse's sweet spot yet or not and whether we may be asking him to move over (or under) tempo, working him in tension, or over working him. They also contain the solution to our problem.

Focus on relaxation, focus on the entire body rather than focus on the "engine”.

Remember the horse's back end can only work as well as its front end and a horse's movement can only be as good as its spine's suppleness, its back’s looseness and flexibility.

If the throat latch is soft and moving, the stifle will work well.

If we help the horse to work in its own rhythm, the lumbo-sacral joint will work in synch with the stifle/hock and the movement will be healthier also.

It does not mean we cannot ask for a few more active steps here and there and a little less here and there - varying gaits and cultivating different walks, trots and canters is what gives elasticity to muscles and allows the horse's body to work in all different dimensions.

We do not want to create robotic movement but use lunging and riding as a means to have our horse's body work from end to end, hind to opposite fore, side to side, up to down and down to up so that it uses itself fully.

This is a thread from Dr. Bennett we thought was important to share in the context of this discussion:

http://esiforum.mywowbb.com/forum1/2092.html

One more interesting thing about Manolo’s training approach is that he is not obsessive about over tracking in the early stages of training. Manolo is foremost concerned with the horse not tensing its long back muscles. He wants the horse developing its strength and balance without becoming stiff in the process. That is because he is always looking at the long term picture.

A horse with a tense topline and contracted back will find any collected work very difficult to offer correctly. Best to never introduce tension in the first place - yet on the lungeline is often where riders and trainers usher tension and spinal stiffness without realizing it.

To learn how to Train for Wellness™️ and get Manolo's 3 hour introduction to in-hand work and lunging video in DVD or Streaming format for $34.95 (USD) plus shipping if applicable go to:

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Our Story

Lake Norman Dressage Center, Inc. is a premier dressage facility located in Mooresville, NC and convenient to Charlotte, Huntersville, Lake Norman, and Statesville. Our primary goal is the health and happiness of our horses and the education and enjoyment of our riders. We pride ourselves in making confident and capable partnerships. This is achieved through a sound management program, including the latest research in equine nutrition, a safe turnout environment, and a strong emphasis on horsemanship, both mounted and on the ground.

PARTNERSHIP DRESSAGE is Elaine Hayes’ new business, laser focusing on what she has always done at Lake Norman Dressage, but with a more descriptive/instructive title.


PARTNERSHIP DRESSAGE @ Lake Norman Dressage Centers’ training programs are based on effective and clear communication with the horse to create suppleness and relaxation which in turn increases the horses' flexibility, confidence, and soundness, thereby allowing them to achieve their full athletic potential. Through horsemanship we instruct the riders on how to better speak "horse" both on the ground and mounted, allowing them to understand better how horses think and therefore increasing their own awareness as well as how to more effectively communicate with the horse. We believe that any horse can benefit from dressage with an emphasis on horsemanship and that correct training and clear communication will lengthen and improve the horse's way of going as well as its overall quality of life. Horses in our training program consistently remain sound and happy as well as competitive. We believe this is NOT an either/or scenario, we strive to do both!

Our unyielding emphasis on proper groundwork teaches the student first how to understand the horse, then through building upon leadership skills and honing the students eye to the needs of the horse, we transfer these valuable tools to feel and timing under saddle. Our lesson programs then concentrate on developing rider balance and flexibility through teaching body awareness and relaxation, therefore allowing the rider to start to feel and connect with their horse for greater understanding and communication under saddle, which eventually leads to the harmony and happiness of both partners.

Lake Norman Dressage offers onsite and offsite lessons, incl groups and group events and clinics. We believe students are more empowered and learn on a deeper level in a group format. As a traditional dressage instructor, this seemed a foreign concept to Elaine but now she uses her experience and expertise she learned in the horsemanship clinics she has attended, to empower dressage riders to create a better partnership with their horse in group lessons. Come try a new, fun, positive, empowering approach to dressage with Elaine Hayes’ newly created “PARTNERSHIP DRESSAGE”!!

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