Beyond the Physical

I think that animals communicate in a far more subtle and connected way than humans. This morning, for example, I was packaging up my kitchen garbage – I grabbed the plastic straps to tie it shut and my young Doberman ran over excitedly, knowing that this indicated ‘go outside’. However, I had been messing with…

Connecting to the ‘classical’

There is a Renaissance movement in the dressage world, which involves adding the word classical to everything dressage related. Personally, I have experienced a lot of historical equitation and have been yelled at by some of the best trainers of Germany, Spain, Portugal, and France! At the time, I suffered gladly this strong training reserved…

The Bareback Rider

To understand saddle fitting, we should first notice where the rider sits naturally on a horse’s back. This was a photo that I took at the British Museum of a human skeleton riding a horse skeleton (well, the Photoshopped version!).  What can we learn about saddle fitting from this photo? The rider naturally sits just behind…