Ever heard of the scales of training? Well, they’re the important stepping stones that riders use when they’re schooling a pony for dressage, and judges use them to score a test, too. The idea is that you follow each scale in order, to set a fab foundation for your pony so you can score super-high marks. Plus, it’ll help his body become strong and supple. Read on to find out more, including how to ace the first scale, which is rhythm.
The great pyramid
It can help to think of the scales of training in a pyramid shape, so you work from bottom to top! Rhythm comes first, because it should be the very foundation of everything you do with your pony. Then you move up through suppleness, contact, impulsion, straightness all the way to collection.
Knowing which order the scales come in is really useful, because you can work on exercises that’ll help improve each level. It’s a great way to keep track of your schooling progress, too.
Find out more about the scales of training and some exercises to help you ace the first scale in January PONY, on sale 18 November 2020.