Dressage is a sport. This means that we as riders are athletes and our horses are athletes. These facts have similar implications for both horses and riders. So what are the essential elements of an athlete’s life? I think there are three.Read More
There has been plenty of writing about workouts for riders. Some teachers recommend Pilates. Other highly successful riders have used some form of Cross-Fit. And the flexibility that yoga can produce is invaluable for riders. Although I am somewhat reluctant to add to this body of work, I have developed a virtually painless yoga-based daily routine that I find helpful in maintaining supplenesss and core strength and promoting symmetry.Read More
The USDF has an excellent discussion of straightness at www.usdf.org/EduDocs/Training/POT_Straightness1.pdf.
Rather than repeating the descriptions of straightness there I would like to address the two related questions How can I tell when my horse is crooked? and What can I do to make my horse straighter?Read More