“Obstacles to dressage are the habitual patterns that keep our minds small, fixed, and solid. If we want our horses supple and forward both minds need to be soft and pliable, we will need to know how to work with the horse and with our self.
It is only the educated mind which can train the body properly and so a clever trainer knows how to enlist the horse’s wisdom in the training process. Dressage which fails to do this is at best limited and is usually destructive.
To advance the training of the horse and to elevate our level as riders, we must learn to think differently. Step beyond the dressage you know into the dressage the horse knows.Here is both the elegance of dressage and the mystery. Good dressage is learning first how to listen and then how to be with the horse. Only then can we learn how to act. So it is that listening and being precede action.”Craig Stevens https://www.facebook.com/craigpswa?fref=ts