I often see debates about the frame and movement of the horse. Do you allow the horse a longer frame, in order to develop certain areas? Or is allowing that longer frame risking the future of collection? Is putting the horse “on the shoulders” automatically damaging? Or is there a purpose to be served, even if … More Two Equilibria
You’ve probably heard it: “Control the feet and you control the horse.” It’s popular with the Natural Horsemanship folks. An even better variation is “Control the feet and you control the mind.” Trouble is, if your definition of controlling the feet is to make the beast run when you want, stop when you want, and … More Control the feet
In the wake of the World Equestrian Games, with a few good Dressage rides and a number of appalling ones that scored too high, and news of horses dying in other competitions in those games, I felt the need to make my self feel better. I wanted to seek out proof, and reassure myself that … More What Dressage should look like!