The Road to a Half Pass 

Achieving the half pass is often begun by introducing a travers (haunches-in) to the horse. In this movement, the horse bends into the direction of the line of travel. This requires a lot of lateral suppleness, and is ridden as a four- track movement at about an thirty five degree angle.  The rider’s position is […]

Lateral Groundwork with Jim Hicks

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 32 This segment stems from Jim being asked in clinics how to help a horse begin to learn lateral movement from the ground. He demonstrates how you can develop the feel of and for your horse when asking him to move laterally. You will truly appreciate just how […]

Interactive Arts Workshop – Association for the Promotion of the Art of Horsemanship in America

Bringing  together artists across the disciplines of riding, dance and music!  Saturday, April 27th hosted by Windhorse International, Bethlehem, Conn Sunday, April 28th  hosted by Rivendell Dressage, Millbrook, New York Learn more. Both Days are Sure to Fill your Ears, Eyes and Hearts with Wonder Through this educational event, artists will explore the various ways that […]

Fladland Demonstration at the FEI World Cup 2017

Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt will be honored this year in a unique way at a top international equestrian event. It is a gathering that may seem to be an unlikely venue for celebrating the work of two distinguished horsemen of the cowboy persuasion—the Longines FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale) 2017 World Cup Jumping and World […]

Lessons with Ellen Eckstein Part 3 – Katie and Willowby

Excerpt from the Horseman’s Gazette Issue No. 16 If you have ever wondered what an instructor is looking for and wanting out of a horse and rider this is a wonderful opportunity to be in the mind of instructor Ellen Eckstein as she narrates a lesson with one of her students. In this third  part […]

The Definition of “On the Bit”

Written by Dr. Max Gahwyler and Bettina Drummond There is no other statement used so often in Dressage riding as the horse should accept the bit, be on the bit, etc. And very often when you go to clinics or shows, it’s the predominant preoccupation of riders, trainers and, unfortunately, often also the judges. It […]