Monthly Archives: July 2014

Uta Graf and Dandelion

This is a rider that I quite like and feel is underrated on the International scene – although she certainly does all right for herself.  Admittedly, I would prefer to have the horse not drop behind the vertical as much … Continue reading

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Passage … at 4?!

Indulge me in a moment of ranting, if you will.  I’m frequently “treated” to video clips posted on Facebook, usually by friends of friends, that are prime examples of all that is wrong with equestrian sport today. There was the mare, newly … Continue reading

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Love of the horse

Most important is love of the horse. It is the leitmotiv that should underlie all our intercourse with this most lovable of creatures. A horse will overcome its inborn shyness and gain confidence, the fundamental condition of mutual understanding, with a … Continue reading

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Where’s the Fire?!

I was watching some of the video from last week’s Dressage at Aachen, and I was struck by the almost manic nature of the top rides.  It’s hard to imagine that there is any actual collection going on in these … Continue reading

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Even The Vet Said “Wallop Him!”

If you read my previous post about Nash, you’ll know that he’s coming off of more than a year long layoff, and I’m trying to get back to riding my old master. My first abortive attempt at riding him was … Continue reading

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A Sack of Money …

A sack of money alone is not sufficient to create a rider. In fact, nothing contributes more to facilitating the riding horse’s overuse and increasing the demand for its replacement.  And so, the downward spiral of horsemanship is driven even … Continue reading

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Give Them More Time!

If time and good instructors permit, systematic dressage can bring nothing but benefit to any horse and pleasure to the rider. If, however, the dressage is misapplied, is carried out in an over-hasty manner and in an insensitive way – … Continue reading

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