Rider’s A to Z Glossary #1

25 Days, 25 Letters of the Alphabet... By popular demand we republish a Rider's A to Z Glossary of technical terms; a  more or less alphabetical Series of rider expressions that, in form of a Rider's Advent Calendar, Rivkah Roth wrote for and posted on her CoachMeToo and Equiopathy Facebook pages in December 2019. 1/A:  … Continue reading Rider’s A to Z Glossary #1

The Six Trots that Nobody Rides and the One that Gets Everybody Nowhere

Know Your Trot! A Reminder for Riders, Trainers, and Judges Introduction For any rider and trainer, and in particular for dressage judges, to be able to recognize and understand the various forms of trot asked for in dressage is of penultimate importance. Yet, possibly because a rider's feel rarely coincides with a viewer's picture, confusion … Continue reading The Six Trots that Nobody Rides and the One that Gets Everybody Nowhere

Action Needed – Unfortunate Developments in Dressage

Understandings or Misunderstandings? Emotions are flying high when and where it comes to the competitive aspects of dressage. On one side, there are spectators hungry for circuslike displays of bigger-is-better movement excitement. These include horsy and non-horsy admirers of our field that is (always has been) the culmination of art, not of artisanship. Dressage hence … Continue reading Action Needed – Unfortunate Developments in Dressage

From Canter Departure to Flying Changes in Series – Part I

Advanced Level Canter Work Stands and Falls with Your Basic Canter Transitions by Rivkah Roth DO DNM If your walk-canter departures are equally straight and balanced on either lead, chances are you will be able to master faultless flying changes in either direction and, later perhaps also, your series-changes from fours to changes every stride. … Continue reading From Canter Departure to Flying Changes in Series – Part I