Lesson with Hayley Watson-Greaves

Glenys Hemming has achieved fantastic results with Razz and me at but the high price of diesel means that I am now having lessons with Hayley Watson-Greaves who comes to Billow Farm so I have no diesel costs. My current poor results are due to the fact that over the last 6 months I have only had 3 lessons with Glenys.

For the last few weeks Hayley has been teaching two other people at Billow Farm. There would be no point saving money if I did not get any benefit from the lessons so I had a chat with Tracy Caldwell who used to have lessons with Hayley. Tracy was very positive and encouraged me to book a lesson.

Unfortunately for Razz, every single trainer, and this now includes Hayley, describes Razz as “lazy”. I need to work on getting him more . I have been doing a lot of work on this following the first lesson and the second lesson did show some improvement. I need to get him to react to the leg – so if he does not react to the first aid I give a much stronger leg aid. I do not use the whip because I do not want a reaction to the whip – I need a reaction to the leg.

In the second lesson Hayley had a ride on Razz. Hayley was surprised by how wobbly the front end feels & how Razz pushes you into the fence. In the past I have been rubbed against the fence in this arena and ripped a half-chap. Hayley worked on getting him to move sideways off the leg. I normally do from the centre line back to the track. Hayley suggested that I do leg yield moving away from the track towards the centre line which helped enormously.

By the end of the lesson Razz was much more in front of my leg and moving both forwards and sideways much more freely.

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Prelim and Novice are the first two levels of British Dressage. At Prelim level Razz came 3rd at the national PetPlan Area Championship in 2008 out of 60 who had qualified. At Novice level Razz has qualified 3 times for the Novice Regional Restricted Championships.
In front of the leg means that the horse responds to a light leg aid and moves freely forwards or sideways
In leg yield the horse moves sideways with his head bent or flexed away from the direction of the sideways movement

2 thoughts on “Lesson with Hayley Watson-Greaves

  • 12th May 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks. Hayley picked up very quickly that Razz was behind my leg and I am working hard on getting him to react to my leg. It is relatively easy to get him to react to a sharp leg aid and jump forward. But I do tend to keep nagging him with my leg – all the time which means he then starts to ignore my leg. If I can break the habit and stop nagging him with my leg then I think he will then become much more reactive when I do use my leg because he will know he has got to do something!

  • 12th May 2011 at 10:39 am

    wow Chris…you can really see him pinging along, looks alot more forward and active 🙂

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