Dressage Decisions

I recently posted about Estella loosing some muscle, so I increased her vitamin E from 5,000 to 8,000 IUs and have been attempting to work her topline more. I do pole work frequently, but within the last week changed it to cavaletti so she would have to really use her body. I also decided to try...

Discussions on Dressage – #3

I have been lagging on these posts lately, but have been dying to get them started again. In my first few posts I went over some dressage basics (the basics and contact), but now I want to get into a real discussion. Do you think equitation or effective riding...

Motivation Monday

It is no secret that I am obsessed with love Karen Rohlf of Dressage, Naturally. I think she is a phenomenal rider and most importantly really values the horse’s health and happiness and caters to the relationship with the horse. She does an absolutely beautiful job describing the real...

Friday Favorite: The Language of Dressage

After the negative PSSM result on Monday, not much has been going on this week. Estella’s biopsy incision is looking really good (thanks to some help from a friend) and we are slowly getting back into the normal swing of things. She is very unmotivated and unwilling to go...

Staying Positive

Everything has been going really well lately and I think that most of it is attitude. Since we started treating Estella for EPM it has been really hard for me to be positive. I might make a big effort, then something happens and it all comes crashing down and I am...

Preface

I had a very privileged horse-life growing up, complete with fabulous dressage horses, an exceptional trainer, lots of opportunities, and overall just a really great experience. Even though I was at the barn seven days a week and was involved in everything horse related, I realize now that I...

Discussions on Dressage – #2

This is the second post in a series of discussions on dressage. These posts will be over dressage concepts in general, but with a focus on modern vs. classical. Feel free to share your input, disagree, or ask questions!  Today’s topic: Contact Contact is a tricky subject that I think is...

Discussions on Dressage – #1

This is the first post in a series of discussions on dressage. These posts will be over dressage concepts in general, but with a focus on modern vs. classical. Feel free to share your input, disagree, or ask questions!  It was hard to pick a place to start, but I guess...

Thinking Out Loud

I have been doing a lot of reading lately, from The Help to Tug of War: Classical Versus “Modern” Dressage: Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect “Modern” Riding Negatively Affects Horses’ Health. All of this reading about classical vs. modern dressage is making me think about the dressage I...