Category: dressage

Longitudinal Bend, Flexion, and Give

This lovely image shows a horse moving in the most elegant self-carriage. Longitudinal bend, flexion, and give create the lowered hind quarter, elevated front and ultimate lightness in movement. My last post was concerned with the lateral bend of the horse. Today I hope…

Cavesson fads and fashions – resist the pressure!

horse wearing flash noseband

In the 1970s, cavessons created for the purpose of closing a horse’s mouth (flash, figure 8, crank, etc) became popular, and since they seemed effective, I, like most, followed without question. But a few years later, a well-respected equine dentist, Ron Ross, visited my…

Lesson Learned…Less is more!

sandi riding mcpherson

I truly believe that horses are our best teachers. Through their response, they clearly let us know if we are communicating correctly. They just do not get it wrong when we get it right! I learned this lesson many years ago when I changed…

When a horse avoids the bit

I sometimes get asked training questions via e-mail. Although nothing can replace hands-on individual training, I appreciate the chance to help people working with their own horses to find a kinder, gentler, and more effective approach to developing a true partnership. I will be…

Is dressage necessary?

“Dressage is like watching cement dry.” “Dressage is like watching grass grow.” We’ve all heard the comments from non-dressage riders. In all honesty, I can understand how, especially at the lower levels, it appears redundant. But I also can say with elevated pulse that…