October 2020

Mastering the Basics: the Rising Trot


"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


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

Selecting and Fitting the Cavesson


The cavesson is an important tool for longeing and for the work in-hand. It offers clearer communication with the horse while sparing the mouth. However, many struggle with finding the right cavesson and adjusting it to the horse. So, to kick off a video series on the work in-hand, we're starting with a video on [...]

Selecting and Fitting the Cavesson2020-10-06T16:14:58+00:00

September 2020

Training Philosophy


What is Classical Dressage? Classical dressage is the centuries-old art of training horses both for the battlefield and for the artistic expression in the royal and imperial courts. This art was developed by observing horses in nature and using their natural movements to develop the horse’s strength and flexibility holistically so [...]

Training Philosophy2020-10-12T16:35:00+00:00

August 2020

The Importance of Longe Lessons


Most of us who've had a longe lesson did so when we were children. After all, it's a wonderful way of developing the rider's feel and balance without putting a lot of responsibility on the rider at the beginning. But for many, that's the extent of their experience with longe lessons. Once they are confident, [...]

The Importance of Longe Lessons2020-08-31T17:31:48+00:00

Practicality of Dressage


The last century has been a time of change for the horse's role with humanity. They went from being the backbone of society to being an object of hobby, sport, and even status. That's not to say horses don't still serve a purpose. Quite the opposite! During these times, they give us their healing presence [...]

Practicality of Dressage2020-10-19T19:56:21+00:00

Mastering the Basics: the Circle and How to Ride it Without an Arena


Circles, circles, circles... Dressage seems to be completely obsessed with the circle. Yet that is the figure that frustrates more riders than perhaps any other. Why is the circle so important? The main thing it does is develop the bend of the horse, stretching the tight side and strengthening the weak side. The inside hind [...]

Mastering the Basics: the Circle and How to Ride it Without an Arena2020-09-01T02:02:25+00:00

Origin of the Arena Letters


As promised, a short history of the arena letters. After the beginning of the 18th century in the games called "The Skirmish Turns," published in the book by Bruno Joseph de Morla in 1738, we find evidence of the use of letters, in this case in a bullfighting ring, to be able to coordinate exercises [...]

Origin of the Arena Letters2020-09-01T01:30:57+00:00

November 2019

What Makes a Good Dressage Rider?


It's not about finding the horse of your dreams, it's about being the person of your horse's dreams. -Dressage Instructors Is it long, slender limbs and a short torso? Is it natural talent with uncanny "feel" and athleticism? Does it take starting dressage at an early age to make for a good dressage rider? While [...]

What Makes a Good Dressage Rider?2019-12-23T22:03:42+00:00

Developing the Equine Athlete


Personal training is one of the fastest growing businesses out there because of all the help that people need in avoiding muscle imbalances and developing strength and flexibility. All around us, we see gyms and fitness clubs for people to work out at. As someone who is finishing their personal training certification, I feel very [...]

Developing the Equine Athlete2019-11-20T01:32:05+00:00
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