Grey & Caramel

Grey & Caramel

Pied a Terre crewneck sweater
$69 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Jigsaw grey scarve
$57 – jigsaw-online.com

DeNiro Dressage Boot Brown
smartpakequine.com

Grey & Caramel

Grey & Caramel

Pied a Terre crewneck sweater
$69 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Jigsaw grey scarve
$57 – jigsaw-online.com

DeNiro Dressage Boot Brown
smartpakequine.com

That Supple Seat

A super article by “Dressage Different” be sure to check out their blog.

Dressage Different

Steffen Peters is well known for his supple influence on his equine partners. Steffen Peters is well known for his supple influence on his equine partners.

An independent seat is essential for successful riding no matter your discipline. That seat which “swings” or “scoops” or “lifts” or “engages” or is “plugged in” is one which riders often hear about, have shouted at them from the sidelines to achieve, and see master riders actively employing. But what is a supple seat, really? Do you lose all body tone and wiggle up there like an above-ground earth worm? Or do you lock everything together in a rigamortis of clenched muscles? Obviously neither of those are going to be our go-to, but you would be surprised how many people unwittingly gravitate toward one or the other. In reality a supple seat is a combination of stabilizing points and swinging points. Something needs to keep you supported and balanced in the saddle, correct? Those would be your…

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Who’s riding your horse, you or your ego?

Over the years, I have tried to enrich my knowledge, to better myself, to feel happier. In this journey, I came across Eckhart Tolle and ‘The Power of Now’ an inspirational book about spirituality (not religion). Tolle’s basic idea is that by staying in the moment and living IN the moment we can realize extreme joy even in the mundane.” –

I too, have read this writers work and find myself trying to follow his philosophy and link it to my riding. A great read!

Thoughts on Dressage

Over the years, I have tried to enrich my knowledge, to better myself, to feel happier. In this journey, I came across Eckhart Tolle and ‘The Power of Now’ an inspirational book about spirituality (not religion). Tolle’s basic idea is that by staying in the moment and living IN the moment we can realize extreme joy even in the mundane. We can live every moment rather than having life pass us by as we live in (obsess about) the past and future. In his follow-up book, ‘A New Earth’ he expands on his ideas and talks about our ‘ego’ and how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happyness but is also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world. Deep thoughts perhaps….but I have witnessed in myself a wonderful transformation.

From early on when I started with horses I felt that my…

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Exercise #6: red light, green light

Thoughts on Dressage

This is a leg yield exercise, which can be executed at the walk or trot. It is designed to improve your horse’s lateral reach, their sharpness at the half-halt, their collection and their adherence to the outside aids. It is also a great gymnastic exercise when practiced with energy and enthusiasm, although it can be used simply to help school the leg yield.

To begin:

  • walk or trot up center line, making sure you have several strides of straightness
  • half halt and once you’ve gotten a response add leg and ask for three strides of leg yield
  • half halt again and straighten your horse adding leg and letting him trot straight for several strides
  • half halt, add leg and yield to the wall
  • before hitting the track, half halt again, straighten and add leg to move him along the track without him falling, so to speak, into the wall with…

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