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Dressage Horse Training: Learning how you learn

Hello Everyone, I had an insight about how I learn that may help some of you out there as well. The Background:  I started on a new relationship with a trainer that involves using a written plan for my lessons instead of just showing up and “seeing what’s happening.”  I was thrilled to find a […]

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Dressage Horse Training: How to Fix Nerd Neck

Hello everyone, I spend a lot of time in front of a computer and I am chagrinned to find that my posture issues is also known as “nerd neck.”  But hey, you can’t fix it until you know what “it” is so here is a good video I found that has been helping me work […]

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Dressage Horse Training: What is this second trot?

Hello Everyone, Donzer and I are working to develop this so-called second trot.  This was new terminology for me but it is what we need to do.  This trot continues to be a big challenge for us.  I have gotten Donzer to agree to some contact but he continues to move his head around a […]

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Dressage Horse Training: Interviewing trainers for my Dressage Mastermind Group

Hello Everyone, It’s a different experience learning dressage as a “side-hustle.”  What I mean is those of us so busy with families, kids, jobs, etc are possessed by this drive to learn an art that is all consuming in itself.  I love teaching.  Whether it’s flying, riding, biology, speaking–I just enjoy the “aha” moment people […]

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Dressage Horse Training: How to create elevation of the core

Hello Everyone, Learning to ride dressage like many Americans (especially those of us out West) do–we buy a young horse and learn together, can require you to also be part detective.  I have my horses at my place and always have.  This concept of pony club and being part of a barn where you learn […]

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Dressage Horse Training: Building communication with Piaffe

Hello everyone, I was inspired to try my piaffe work again with Donzer and Ava today after watching a video by Joseph Newcomb.  I was watching a video of his and thought it looked very similar to what I’ve been doing with Donzer.  But, I did like how he added in backing up to the […]

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Dressage Horse Training: What’s next with Donzer for 2018?

Hello Everyone, I know dressage must be about the journey but I’m not gonna lie, it feels really good to have finished our USDF Silver scores (still have to wait until the end of the year for the publication).  It is funny how one of the big tipping points this year was when I went […]

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Dressage Horse Training: Test Analysis for better Ride and Score

Hello Everyone, This blog is going to discuss my 2018 PSG show at Fox Lea where I had two chances to score 60% to complete my USDF Silver Medal. I have included video from Saturday and Sunday along with what we did differently to improve our performance for Sunday.  While quality, strength and balance are […]

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Dressage Horse Training: A Plan for PSG

Hello Everyone, It’s been a while since I’ve written about my dressage journey and I will have some back filling to do but for today I want to share a brief overview of our spring training in Florida.  The quick recap is Donzer and I scored a 61.7% on our first PSG and then for […]

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Dressage Horse Training: Leading the Dance

Hello Everyone, What I felt on Ava today what how important it is to set the rhythm, cadence and tempo.  I’ve read and heard and seen when giving lessons how the horse can take over the tempo and destabilize the rider.  I also know that part of the natural progression of riding is first you […]

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