Weekly Winter Workouts
!! NEWSFLASH !! Please accept my sincere apologies that due to a fall at the beginning of January, and subsequent traumatic brain injury, weeks 2-4 of January have not been posted :( I have left this page up, and the first 9 videos of the series can still be found on our YouTube page here: Weekly Winter Workout Videos
Lacking motivation for your winter schooling? Unsure what to do to keep things interesting when you're stuck in the school for longer over the dark winter days?
New for 2022, Demi Dressage "Weekly Winter Workouts" can help!
Three months of weekly winter polework exercises designed to be simple enough to be ridden by children <3 We all know about the many benefits of polework for horse and ponies - and their riders - but a lot of the layouts and exercises shared online are too complex for beginner riders or children.
So MiniD and I have put together some of our favourites to create a fun series to help you out! These 12 exercises will challenge riders and their ponies in different ways, but they have been carefully chosen to be rideable and beneficial to children riding ponies that are perhaps not as well schooled or established as the typical adulkt horse and rider combination.
We've also kept the layouts as easy to set up as possible, using a max of 8-10 poles (4 poles in our 'getting started' November "Four Poles, Four Weeks" month) because we know that with kids and ponies time is often tight and no one wants to be lugging out dozens of poles for a half hour ride after school!
Each layout will give you a beneficial 10-15 minutes session, ensuring that you can really get the most out of your winter riding time when you are squeezing it in between after school and dinner time!
Each layout and exercise plan will be posted on our Facebook page weekly throughout Nov/Dec/Jan, with a more detailed description on our website blog. Anyone can take part, and we hope you will enjoy sharing the exercises with your friends - maybe even your adults will join in!
There is no charge to take part in this (just share our posts if you like them - and don't forget to tag us @demidressageonline in your own efforts!) but we will have a variety of participation rosettes available to buy via our website if you would like to - there will be a choice of small and larger ones to suit your budget. Rosette purchase is absolutely optional - but as you know at Demi Dressage we simply love giving out as many rosettes (and sweets!) as possible! :D
Weekly Winter Workout Themes to enjoy!
November - Four Poles, Four Weeks
December - Corner Confidence
January - Staying Straight on the Centre Line
You can enjoy all the videos posted so far in one easy-to-view playlist here https://www.youtube.com/@demidressageonline/playlists