Category: Learning Dressage

DRESSAGE FRAME BASICS: A MATTER OF PERCEPTION Part 1: The Natural Horse

The perception of what is correct in dressage is an acquired eye.  Most of the postures that trainers, riders, and judges see as acceptable, are in fact faulty.   I don’t like the word frame because it implies a static stance. The posture of the horse is constantly changing and should be evaluated as a kinematic system, not a snapshot in...

“I’M AFRAID I’M GOING TO RUIN MY HORSE” and other things dressage riders say…

It’s a phrase I’ve heard on more than one occasion.  I admit I’ve thought it at times too.  Well, here’s the truth of it, right off the bat.  If you are a thinking rider that is concerned about how your actions affect your horse, then chances are pretty good you will never “ruin” your horse.   That doesn’t mean you won’t...