Tag: dressage training

  • Training the Shy Ones: Insight from Ingrid Klimke

    Training the Shy Ones: Insight from Ingrid Klimke

    In her new book TRAINING HORSES THE INGRID KLIMKE WAY, gold-medal Olympian and champion eventer Ingrid Klimke shares intimate profiles of 10 of her horses. We are invited into her barn where she explains their personality quirks, their strengths and their challenges. Klimke outlines each horse’s training plan, highlighting why certain accommodations are made for […]

  • Going Back in Order to Go Forward: A Lesson from Alois Podhajsky

    Going Back in Order to Go Forward: A Lesson from Alois Podhajsky

      Colonel Alois Podhajsky was an Olympian and Director of the the Spanish Riding School in Vienna for 26 years. Podhajsky was known to bring out the best in each horse he rode, and to rely on patience, understanding, and affection in the training process. Podhajsky detailed his riding, training, and competitive experiences in the […]

  • Counter-Canter, Counter-Flexion: An Exercise by Raymond the Horse

    Counter-Canter, Counter-Flexion: An Exercise by Raymond the Horse

    If horses could talk, what would they say about the exercises we ask them to do and the movements we have them perform? Grand Prix dressage rider and popular equestrian performer Yvonne Barteau has wondered this throughout her lifelong career with horses, and so she has tried very hard over the years to learn to […]

  • Walk This Way! 3 Common Gait Problems and Their Solutions

    Walk This Way! 3 Common Gait Problems and Their Solutions

    Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg was accepted as a student at the Spanish Riding School of Vienna in 1960 and rose rapidly under the tutelage of Colonel Alois Podhajsky to become the youngest ever First Chief Rider in the history of the school. Internationally respected, Kottas has successfully trained many horses and riders to Olympic standard in dressage. […]

  • Horsepower: Getting Energy Under Saddle, When and Where You Want It

    Horsepower: Getting Energy Under Saddle, When and Where You Want It

    Horsepower…it’s what revs that Ferrari’s engine and makes the chainsaw growl. The term is said to have been invented by the engineer James Watt who was famous for his work to improve the performance of steam engines. He determined that mine ponies could move a certain amount of coal in a minute and used this to come up […]

  • 9 Tips for Better Flexion and Bend from Uta Gräf

    German Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer Uta Gräf has made a name for herself in international dressage circles, not only for her cheerful nature and wild hair, but also for her beautifully ridden, content, satisfied horses. Now Gräf lets us in on all her training secrets in her new book UTA GRÄF’S EFFORTLESS DRESSAGE […]

  • From Struggling to Sit the Trot to USDF Silver—Here’s How

    A lot of things can happen in 10 years of riding. Common goals shared by most riders are to have improved their seat; advanced the training of their horses while maintaining soundness; and nurtured connection and communication with their equine partners—that is, find harmony. There was a time Janice Dulak couldn’t sit a trot. She […]

  • Powerlines, Half-Halts, and Butter: TSB Author Beth Baumert Tells Us About the Little Things That Make Riding (and Food) Better

    The inner circle of the best of the equestrian best is not a large one, and considering the length and breadth of the “horse world,” few of us will ever have the opportunity to step inside it. The responsibility to share what the experts and pros have earned over their lifetimes of hard work and […]

  • Thoughts on Horses, the Miraculous, and the Divine

      From DRESSAGE WITH MIND, BODY & SOUL by Linda Tellington-Jones with Rebecca M. Didier Miracles surround us, on a large and small scale. It is on a personal level that we ascertain whether an occurrence qualifies as miraculous. My life has been full of what I consider miracles—from the simple unexpected to the extraordinary. […]

  • Improve Your Horse’s Walk-to-Canter Transition with This Easy (but Meaningful) Exercise

    Who hasn’t struggled with walk-to-canter transitions sometime in his or her riding life? While our earliest engagements with walk-to-faster-FASTER-FASTER trots can be owed to short legs, lack of riding experience, and smart ponies, later on it is generally a fault (or two) in our aiding or position, and poor preparation of the horse for what’s […]