Not in the UK? You can tune into Burghley TV for free.

Some year I will get to Burghley to watch it live. This year I am just glad that Burghley TV is free.  While not the same as feeling the turf under foot, at least I can enjoy the small, computer screen sized window onto the event. Dressage starts today! Advertisements

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A nice demonstration of bitless riding

Although I have nothing against bitless riding (I rode my last horse bitless), I rarely see good examples of it on YouTube. Here’s a video of Uta Gräf riding the Holsteiner stallion Le Noir bitless schooling some Grand Prix movements. Very nice riding, indeed! Of course it could be argued that she is an exceptional […]

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Don’t forget about dressage

During hunting season it’s tempting focus only on conditioning and jumping.  It’s all too easy to forget about dressage. Not the dressage as in riding the movements for perfection, but rather the dressage that helps your horse stay supple, strong and stretched — able to dodge that tree with a quick leg yield or to […]

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Totilas debuts with Matthias Alexander Rath at the Schockemoehle Stallion Show

It’s hard to imagine how much pressure Matthias Alexander Rath felt when he rode the great Totilas for the first time in public (keep in mind this is a stallion show, not a competition). He’s only that the ride since WEG and the “newness” of the partnership shows. Obviously Rath is a talented and sensitive […]

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Take a tour of the Spanish Riding School

As I sit surrounded by literally mountains of snow, it’s nice to fantasize about taking a trip. While I’m not going to be in Vienna any time soon, this video gives a very nice tour of the Spanish Riding School.

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Lessons Remembered: Keeping your horse underneath you

It may seem rather obvious, but you want your horse to stay balanced under you when you ride. You don’t want to be behind the motion or listing to one side or the other. The good news is that your horse wants to stay under you and actually will do its best to help you […]

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The debate over the safety of eventing continues

On November 15th Dressage Olympian Robert Dover wrote in his blog, Dover’s World, The problem for me is that I am having greater and greater difficulty as I get older, finding a way to legitimize Eventing while horses which have no choice in the matter end up getting killed for the sake of sport. His […]

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