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April 11, 2020

Back in 1985 Sally Swift published a book call ‘Centered Riding’ and in 2002 her next book ‘Centered Riding 2’ was published. These books brought the rider a way of working harmoniously and efficiently with the horse. They re-educated the rider’s mind and body to achie...

    In the last blog post, we explained how to correctly execute a turn on the haunches. In this blog post, we would like to discuss common problems while performing a turn on the haunches.

     As a review, there are two ways to perform a correct turn on the...

     The turn on the haunches is a lateral movement performed at the walk. It is a collection exercise which engages the horse’s hindquarters and encourages flexion of the joints in the hind legs. Your horse’s hind legs should be stepping more underneath his body, maki...

     A basic, but highly effective training exercise that should be in every rider’s toolbox is the turn on the forehand. The turn on the forehand is a stationary movement, meaning during the exercise, the horse learns to yield away from the rider’s inside leg at a sta...

     In the last blog post, we talked about how to ride a correct 20-metre circle. This month we will be talking about the many common errors while riding a circle.

A correctly ridden circle should start and end at the same point and be round, not oval or...

Why do we ride arena figures? 

Arena figures (or school figures) are a set of movements that are ridden in a dressage arena and make up the basis of all dressage test movements. But even if you are never going to ride a dressage test, riding arena figures gives structur...

Also known as “stretchy” walk and jog.

The free walk and jog: what is it?

The Western Style Dressage Association of Canada (WSDAC) states that:

WSD 2.02 b) Free walk – The free walk is a pace of relaxation in which the horse is allowed complete freedom to lower and stretc...

In the last Western dressage blog post, we talked about how to properly execute a leg yield and what the benefits of the exercise are. In this post, we are discussing common errors while performing the leg yield exercise

A correctly executed leg yield: the horse is para...