November 2021

A Few Thoughts on No Stirrup November

2021-11-07T21:39:25+00:00

'Tis the season for the November challenges, the most popular among riders being "No-Stirrup November." However, many professionals are now speaking out against this trend, citing the added pressure on the horses' backs. So is riding without stirrups so bad, or is it a good chance to develop a better seat? Developing the Seat Many [...]

A Few Thoughts on No Stirrup November2021-11-07T21:39:25+00:00

Expressions of Classical Dressage Part 5: Other Expressions

2021-11-06T20:25:21+00:00

In previous sections, we discussed some of the more popular expressions of classical horsemanship, including riding, work in-hand, the airs above the ground, and mounted martial arts. However, there are a few expressions that do not fit into any of these categories. Obstacles Riding with obstacles is an old piece of training the well-rounded dressage [...]

Expressions of Classical Dressage Part 5: Other Expressions2021-11-06T20:25:21+00:00

October 2021

Expressions of Classical Dressage Part 4: Mounted Weaponry

2021-10-25T16:27:44+00:00

The first few parts in this series covered more of the common expressions of classical dressage, including riding, work in-hand, and airs above the ground. This last piece focuses on something we don't see often anymore, which is the truly martial art side of dressage. In the past, a major goal in dressage was to [...]

Expressions of Classical Dressage Part 4: Mounted Weaponry2021-10-25T16:27:44+00:00

August 2021

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship Part 3: Airs Above the Ground

2021-08-18T11:35:59+00:00

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship Part 3: Airs Above the Ground In part 1 and part 2, we discussed the expressions of regular riding and the work in hand. The third part, the airs above the ground, is probably the most recognizable expression to the public. Most people identify Lipizzans with the [...]

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship Part 3: Airs Above the Ground2021-08-18T11:35:59+00:00

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship, Part 2: The Work In-Hand

2021-08-02T14:18:37+00:00

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship, Part 2: Work-In-Hand   Last week, we started with a discussion of the riding expression of classical horsemanship. This week, we're discussing the expression of the work in-hand. There are a few styles of work in-hand: the Iberian, the Viennese, Long-Reining, and the Pillars. Each one takes a [...]

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship, Part 2: The Work In-Hand2021-08-02T14:18:37+00:00

July 2021

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship, Part 1: Riding

2021-11-06T19:37:58+00:00

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship, Part 1: Riding Many art forms have different expressions. In classical music, there are different styles and special names for the group sizes and makeup. The same goes for ballet and other arts, including classical horsemanship. Like classical music and ballet, these expressions work with each other, [...]

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship, Part 1: Riding2021-11-06T19:37:58+00:00

December 2020

The History of Classical Dressage

2020-12-28T19:09:56+00:00

As the name implies, classical dressage is a very old art form. However, many debate about how it developed since its origins in Ancient Greece, and as we look at more texts with a fresh perspective, our understanding changes. As with much history, it's not quite as clear-cut as we'd think. Origins The earliest surviving [...]

The History of Classical Dressage2020-12-28T19:09:56+00:00

Dressage and Gaited Horses

2020-12-14T22:23:47+00:00

Dressage and Gaited Horses In the horse world, there are many divides that separate the disciplines. English and Western riding, dressage and hunter-jumper, driving and riding, etc. But one of the biggest divides is between gaited horses and "regular" horses. Most people who ride "normal" horses look at gaited horses as [...]

Dressage and Gaited Horses2020-12-14T22:23:47+00:00

October 2020

Mastering the Basics: the Rising Trot

2020-10-19T19:57:44+00:00

"Rise and fall with the leg on the wall." Many riders who went through Pony Club learned this ditty for remembering their posting diagonals. But why does it matter which posting diagonal we use? There are plenty of riders who have no idea which diagonal they are on, and their horses seem happy. So what [...]

Mastering the Basics: the Rising Trot2020-10-19T19:57:44+00:00

Mastering the Basics: Groundwork the Classical Way

2020-10-12T18:13:35+00:00

For many people, their riding and groundwork are almost two separate disciplines. Most people associate groundwork with natural horsemanship, which brings to mind images of rope halters and specialty whips. While those can be useful tools for certain people, classical dressage also has its own method of groundwork: the work in-hand. While most people associate [...]

Mastering the Basics: Groundwork the Classical Way2020-10-12T18:13:35+00:00

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