Category: Learning Dressage

THREE TRAINING METHODS & YOU DECIDE WHAT IS BEST – A RE-WRITE

THREE TRAINING METHODS – YOU DECIDE WHAT IS BEST – A RE-WRITE ©C. Curley – Effective Equestrian, LLC 2020 Update:  This is a re-write of my recent article titled “Three Gold Medalists”.  When I published the article, I was warmly supported by my colleagues and friends, but also seriously retaliated against by those associated with some of the methods below. ...

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...