Common rider position fixes

This article by Practice Horseman Magazine is semi-relevant to dressage (it is oriented mostly toward jumpers). It addresses .. Gripping with your knees. Hunching shoulders and collapsing your torso. Too much hand in turns (causing loss of shoulder). Bouncing during sitting trot. Losing the stirrups. Link to article:  10 Time-Tested Rider Position Fixes    …

Cantering video

Describes the rhythm of the canter and seat / leg / arm aids very well

What is Working Equitation?

Four phases: Dressage Ease of Handling (obstacles at a comfortable speed) Speed Trial (simpler obstacles as fast as you are willing to go) Cattle handling in teams (not often available) Each of the phases can be performed separately or skipped (for example, there is no requirement to do the speed trial). Beginner is walk/trot only…

The more things change…

Article from HorseMagazine.com , it is a repost from their own article from 1986.  Still just as accurate today as it was then.   Chris Hector takes a lesson with Tina Wommelsdorf We published this story back in 1986, it is a sobering thought that 30 years down the track, the same fundamental problem shows…

Why it’s a great idea to ride dressage tests

Reposted from DressageNaturally; Karen Rohlf :   Competition test riding can bring up a lot of emotions. Being judged and tested can trigger all kinds of anxiety, but it doesn’t have to be like that. The reality is that we need ways to measure our results. Many problems riders have at home are a result…

Barn fun & games day – Sept 3 – Labor day 2018

Save the date for a fun time at the barn! We will have great feats of endurance, strength, bravery, waterproofing, and speed to test you and your horse to the utmost!* * actually everything will be beginner friendly and can be performed at a walk.    Monday Sept 3 2018, Labor Day.  Games 4:00 –…

3 seconds to get your horse on the bit

This article from Jane Savoie has been really helpful to me (Amira) this week. I hope you enjoy! Practical Horseman Magazine: https://practicalhorsemanmag.com/training/horse-on-bit      

Isabelle vom Neumann-Cosel Dressage Seat Clinic notes

Sue and I (Amira) went to the Isabelle clinic “Improve your dressage seat” last week.   It was mostly a lecture, with a short rider demonstration toward the end.  Here are the things that really spoke to us: On torso position Everyone is crooked to one side, just like horses.  Everyone must go through a process…

Some good dressage quotes

Here are some really insightful quotes about Dressage and horsemanship which I want to share.  – Amira Mary Wanless on learning through the levels From www.mary-wanless.com I increasingly think that within the sphere of dressage there are two kinds of riders, and I hope to encourage a ‘third way’ which avoids the traps inherent in both…

6 Key Behaviors of Elite Performers – Riding

(Re-posted from Dressage Rider Training)     One of the hardest words for me to learn to say was the word no. I was so used to saying yes to everything and then having to come up with apologies and excuses as to why I couldn’t fulfill those promises. Once I realized I had this…