Showing posts from June, 2009

Dressage Detox

It's about time. Riders and trainers have long complained about the decline of horsemanship in general and dressage in parti cular, especially as concerns competition. In recent years, only the most spectacular, showy performances have been rewarded at the expense of correct dressage and, more importantly, at the expense of the well-being of the horses. The situation is becoming toxic - for horses and riders. It's time to clean house. Granted things are unlikely to change when these riders are backed by serious money and corporate sponsorships, but we have to try something to bring the standards back up to some meaningful level. Grey Horse Matters sent me this link from Philippe Karl's website and I thought I'd pass it along to those who might be interested. Philippe Karl is one of the too few truly classical voices out there, and someone I have great respect for as a horseman. Of course, the Petition only addresses the German Equestrian Federation, however, thi

Rein Aids Series

I've been so busy now that spring is here that I haven’t had a chance to post in a while, but I’m hoping to post a few more installments related to rein aids next, so I thought I’d post these links all in one place before I continue.  If there are any topics you’d like to see discussed, please leave a message below and I’ll try to post something soon…  I've missed being here and  I'm looking forward to catching up with all of your blogs :-)  see ya soon! - jacquie Rein Aids Series: Holding the Reins The Turning Seat Inside vs. Outside: The Weight Debate ***** The Five Rein Aids: Introduction The Direct Rein The Indirect Rein The Direct Rein of Opposition The Indirect Rein of Opposition in Front of the Wither The Indirect Rein of Opposition Behind the Wither ***** Going Bitless