Monthly Archives: June 2009

Is Your Dressage Horse Really Collected?

I often hear riders at the basic levels say that their dressage horses are collected. I assume they’re actually talking about connection as opposed to collection. But since I run across this confusion a lot, I want to take some … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Your Horseback Riding Fears Hold You Back!

My new program to help you Raise your Fear Threshold and escape “Fear Paralysis” while horseback riding is just about ready. I want to thank all of you for your awesome input on your personal riding fears last month. After … Continue reading

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Does Your Dressage Horse Cross His Legs Enough in Leg Yields?

When you do leg yields from the centerline to the long side as  you do in the First Level dressage tests, it’s not always easy to make sure that your horse is crossing his legs enough. That’s because as long … Continue reading

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Tips To Supple Your Dressage Horse’s Poll

If your dressage horse is supple at his poll, you should be able to flex him laterally to the left and right. If you’re not sure if he’s locked at the poll, ask yourself some questions: Will he easily flex … Continue reading

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ARE YOU MAKING THIS DEADLY MISTAKE TO GET YOUR DRESSAGE HORSE ON THE BIT?

Do you saw left and right on your dressage horse’s mouth to get him “on the bit”? If you “saw” on your horse’s mouth by alternating squeezing and releasing with your hands, you’re riding your horse from front to back. … Continue reading

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Dressage riders Jane Savoie and Ruth Poulsen’s Program Your Position

Our friend, Kris Garrett, just did an awesome video review of  Program your Position for dressage riders. You can check it out at:

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Do You Make These Mistakes When Your Dressage Horse Shies?

I’ve dealt with a lot of spooky dressage horses, and I find that often shying gets worse because riders do one or all of the following things. 1.    Hit or kick him to make him obedient. 2.    Make him walk … Continue reading

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