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Action Plan to improve my knowledge and understanding of a horse within the dressage phase

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  • Submitted: 03/06/2009
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AS and A Level Acquiring, Developing & Performance Skill

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Action Plan

Action Plan to improve my knowledge and understanding of a horse within the dressage phase

To allow my action plan to have a great impact on my riding I have decided to focus on my new horse to help me gain a wider range of knowledge and hopefully progress further with my riding. The horse I have just received Nebraska, was a trained point to point race horse, it had won a couple of races but was no longer able to continue its career further due to a slight tendon injury. Therefore I have been given the chance to change Nebraska into an event horse for myself. This will be a challenge because so many aspects of the horse will need to be changed. The muscles of a race horse have been adapted for him to allow his shape to be long, whereas compared to an event horse the outline of the horse needs to be round. The muscles therefore are built differently (short and more compact) to allow the horse to hold this position. Dressage needs to have a lot of self carriage in the hindquarters, underneath him, and more uphill, off his forehand.

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