November 30, 2017

At first glance, 14 year old gelding, Bruce, is just your typical run-of-the-mill ranch horse. "He's basically an unregistered, mix-matched, mutt horse. He has no papers. When you look at him he looks like just your ordinary loping horse - big butt, short fro...

November 21, 2017

A few months ago I had a moment of weakness and threw myself an elaborate pity party. I'm not proud of it, but I can recognize it for what it was.

November 16, 2017

Little is undoubtedly an advocate for making lemonade from lemons – and turning apparent disadvantages into advantages. According to Little, the recipe for success doesn't just come down to dollar signs but rather grit and determination.

November 10, 2017

Sometimes we become intensely aware of how much of our role as riders and trainers of our horses crosses over into something very much akin to parenting.

November 8, 2017

We spoke with several former Olympians and a Pan American Games medalist who shared personal accounts of their greatest training hurdles. Even at the height of the sport these riders illustrate how riding is a constant process of failing and learning, on a continuous c...

November 5, 2017

A year ago today Dressage Talk went live. When I first launched the blog I wasn't sure if anyone would care, or have an interest in the same stories that I do. But to my surprise the dressage community is more generous and connected than I ever realized.

November 1, 2017

The greatest benefit that riders may elicit from groundwork training is an acute sharpness to aids both on the ground and in the saddle. By widening the channel of communication with one's horse, Newcomb believes that the result is an overall more alert, attuned, a...

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