Friday, May 13, 2011
Quote of the Day - Jane Savoie
"Lots of people ask me how to get the poll up. It's important to focus on the hindquarters rather than the poll. Your priority isn't to get the poll "up". You want to get the croup "down". Once the croup goes down due to engagement (bending) of the hind legs, the front end elevates. Think of your horse's body like a seesaw. When one end goes down, the other comes up." -Jane Savoie
If you have not subscribed to her email updates or watched any of her short clips on YouTube, then you are missing out! She doesn't have any gimmicks, same-old same-old classical dressage, but she puts it in such a way that it's understandable. Like Sally Swift's works, it's pretty friendly wording with some good imagery I can remember. Anyway, a good point she made, and something I hear more often than I would like amongst trainers and fellow riders: "Get the poll up!" or at my level "Get the poll down!" Quick fix, doesn't help you in the long run, unless you're doing it the right way and working to get the croup down (hopefully you're not trying to get it up haha).