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…

Why ‘Practical’ Dressage?

Dressage – French, from dresser to train, drill, from Middle French (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) Competitive dressage made its first appearance at the Olympic Games in Stockholm, in 1912. Yet, dressage as an art, or a training practice, had been present for centuries in Europe. The dressage of each time period reflected the needs of the culture. The term dressage…

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…