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The Rider’s Aids: An overview of how we direct the horse

Written by Wendy Murdoch The time has come in this ongoing series of articles on lateral work to talk about the rider’s aids. In the...

Visual Comparison of Baucherist and Traditional 18th Century Balance in the Piaffe

Written by Bettina Drummond This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.29 Baucherist balance and contact The title photo illustrates the descente de main and the...

In Search of the Perfect Circle

Written by Wendy Murdoch This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.28 “We cannot monitor the horse’s understanding of our communications, we cannot evaluate his physical...

Improving Your Weight Aids

Written by Wendy Murdoch Many riders struggle to apply their weight aids correctly. While your dressage instructor may clearly tell you where to have your...

If Only We Had X-Ray Vision. A Closer Look At How The Horse Functions.

Written by Wendy Murdoch Previously I have discussed a simplified model of looking at the rider’s and the horse’s skeleton using the analogy of a...

The Definition of “On the Bit”

Written by Dr. Max Gahwyler and Bettina Drummond This article originally appeared in Eclectic Horseman Issue No.6 There is no other statement used so often in...