Let’s talk about what it was like before there were tight nosebands, before there were crank nosebands, before everybody was riding with a flash.
Archive for June, 2011
“Very few modern riders are taught the old and perfectly correct cavalry way of holding the reins. That is both curb reins in one hand, but the bridoon reins separated. In itself, the present day customary 2:2 division of the reins is not wrong, but riders ought to understand that it imposes perfect stillness of [...]
A study studying the effect of the head on the weight of the horse and how he distributes his weight between his front and hind legs. The study clearly relating to the observations and training practices of Baucher and many others. Previously, training practices had observed that the basculing of the hindquarters resulted in the [...]
Bones: Basic Building Blocks Part I: From Foal to Full-grown Da Vinci’s anatomical drawings stand the test of time in their exactitude. Stubbs did numerous sketches. In order to truly understand the structure – and movement – of both man and animal, they looked beneath the skin. They dissected carcasses (often in secret to avoid [...]
The churning hooves grip the desert floor as the horse, with mane whipping in the wind, dodges past rocks and vegetation. The breathtaking height as the horse soars over the jump, fulfilling our desire to take flight. The black stallion rearing on the tiptoes of his back hooves as he neighs his challenge to the [...]
Lately, I have been ruminating on the word, ‘expression’. It started with an article in Dressage Today by Michael Klimke, son of the late Reiner Klimke, and a trainer and successful competitor in his own right. The article is titled ‘A Horse That Goes On His Own’, but on the cover it is represented as [...]
It is essential that we – the riders, trainers, and instructors – develop our awareness of what full range of movement is, and use this as our guideline of good riding.