Why do you ride?

Riding is a selfish act – there is really no getting around that fact.  Horses do not ask to participate in the activity, they are conditioned for it.  That said, I have over forty years of experience that horses can, if treated right, come to enjoy the activities they engage in with their rider.  With … More Why do you ride?

What is a master?

There has been a recent debate, in a Facebook group, on what qualifies someone as a “master” in the realm of Dressage.  It has been triggered by several “Master Classes” conducted by people whose only qualification has to do with winning competitions.  Is that enough to be a true “master”?  If there are other qualifying … More What is a master?

The noble horse …

My latest reading venture is Gustav Steinbrecht’s The Gymnasium of the Horse.  It is often cited by those who follow classical training methods, but this is my first dive into it.  Written before the turn of the twentieth century, it is both dated (the section on spur use is frightening) and “current”.  This particular passage … More The noble horse …