Last week I had a bit of a Christmas rant (read) and declared I would celebrate…
For the last two months I've been working out from 7:15 to 8:15 four times a week trying to get back into shape. I use a local physical therapy office that has a "health for life" program, so I am trained under the watchful eyes of trainers and PT's who have a real education in the mechanics of the body and will make sure (I hope) that I don't hurt myself. Why? So, when this time of the year came I would be ready to…Continue
I’ve been remembering my first experience in Walk Detention. It was the dark ages and I was a training level rider on a young horse. I was so excited to ride in my first clinic with an Olympian- my enthusiasm sizzled audibly. I handed over a fat check, my horse was spit polished and I was…Continue
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I was learned this fact years ago riding with a group of friends at a barn party. The sound system was cranked up and Bobby McFerrins’Don’t Worry was playing. I am sure…
“Theory instructs us that we should work from a foundation of sound principles, and these principles,…
The equestrian world can seem kind of bi-polar. Some of us ride like headless (brainless) horsemen with little consciousness for our horse or surroundings. Some of us are such control freaks that we slow every walk stride and micro-manage our horse’s nose into being afraid to take a breath. Most of us are working towards a middle ground.
Dressage seems to attract riders who like…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on September 16, 2011 at 8:12am — No Comments
There is so much debate currently about methods of training: German vs. French, classical vs. competitive, natural horsemanship vs. anything with an English saddle. It can get adversarial.
Most people agree that finesse is better than force in horse training, but we seem to have a hard time agreeing upon a definition of what those words actually look like in technique. That starts the debate…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on July 1, 2011 at 8:42am — No Comments
I have been preparing for a clinic this weekend at Infinity Farm. It’s the my favorite clinic every year: Fundamentals of Dressage. One of my clients asked if it was going to be the same as last year. (Eye roll -is this a trick question?)
Nope, the fundamentals of dressage have not changed in the last year, or the last century for that matter. Dressage is the art of riding with balance…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on June 24, 2011 at 7:57am — No Comments
Namaste is a Sanskrit word -which means it’s very old. Most translate it to some version of “The spirit in me…Continue
The foundation of Dressage for the rider/horse is rhythm. I define that as a balanced combination of relaxation and forward. It sounds deceptively simple.
A rider/horse can not sacrifice forward for relaxation, or relaxation for forward. The art of riding is in negotiating the balance of the two in both the rider and the horse. Forward must be consistent; sometimes…Continue
Added by Anna Blake on June 10, 2011 at 8:41am — No Comments
Who Am I This Time is the name of a short story written by Kurt Vonnegut and made into a film with Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon. It’s a quirky story about two people of very different and uncomfortable personalities -who fall in love while acting in a community theater production of Streetcar. (Hear Walken’s painfully shy, tongue-tied character…Continue
… and Grace gives herself a promotion.
Dressage borrows lots of language from ballet -after all, we are the dancers of the horse world. Pas de Trois is a dance of three. I have commandeered that phrase to describe riding lessons as a conversational dance between horse, rider and instructor. All three participants have to be heard for the dance to succeed.
I am always…Continue
Growing up on Long Island in the 1960s was a lucky break for an aspiring horseman. The quality of competition, even at the lowest levels, was keen with local riders vying for National honors every year. With the level of competition so high, the riding instruction had to reflect that quality. While there were many good people to learn from, and I took advantage of many of those opportunities, one teacher will always stand out. He was Captain Vladimir Littauer. Captain Littauer was…Continue
Dear Drama Queen,
I understand getting upset. You have so much passion and desire for riding. I know how much you want to do the very best job. Sometimes the world seems to conspire against you; it’s like every bad thing happens to you and none of it is…Continue
Yesterday, I gave Bella Benedict another riding lesson on Gunny. This wouldn't be so significant, after all I teach horseback riding lessons for a living. But Belle is just 6 yrs old and she has to clean corrals to EARN her own lessons. Her family is Very tight financially, so I offered Belle a chance to join the 'work to ride' program. She works Hard to earn enough credits to get to ride.
So, this was her 3rd lesson, and we worked on developing a SMOOTH whoa - a nice easy slow pull…
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7 Steps to Better Ride
STEP 5 – STAYING ON TRACK
By Deborah Hopkins…Continue
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