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…

Schooling show blues

  “A, enter working trot” This is it big guy! Turn… Turn! Turn! Crap.  And so it starts… Steer straight at the judge, maybe his butt will hide A. Time to stop. Or trip. Ok we stopped. Great! No it isn’t treat time! Trot! Nice corner.. Circle…. Circle… Bend.. Cmon buddy please put your head down….

Dressage quote: rider position

In order to bend the horse correctly, it is important for the rider to sit in good balance and influence the horse independently from his motion. The balance of the upper body is again of great importance here. I found one image very helpful in this context. When you sit on your horse, imagine that…

Forward? What the heck does that mean?

(Amira again)  Last week, I found myself wondering what the heck Forward is.  Like so many horse concepts, it isn’t simple. The conversation went like this… Is it when the horse goes faster?  Not always Is it going slower, aka “trotting in place”?   Maybe, if the horse isn’t starting to crash. Is it that stage…

My new favorite exercise – training level dressage

Amira here again!  (Your technical computer geek and adult amateur (very amateur) horse rider!) I’m super excited about this exercise and wanted to share it with you.   When I do this counter-flex work with Gideon, he gradually becomes more and more supple, and even gets rounder, as we go around the figure-eight.  And it is…

Dressage test fashion and over-facing the young horse

Hello all, this is Amira, your friendly webmaster and wanna-be dressagey rider! As you know, I listen to podcasts a lot.  One of my favorite programs is the Dressage Radio Show on the Horse Radio Network. I recently listened to an excellent podcast about Dressage Test Fashion (for the first half) and introducing young horses…

New Years newsletter

Winter Weather The arctic tundra is upon is, and things haven’t been much colder!! All the ponies have a fresh, constant supply of water and hay, and we are keeping close eyes on them. Blankets have gone on in sets, and everyone is doing really well, considering! So far the snow we have had has…