The Lope is not Canter.

The Cowboy Dressage Lope Footfalls Visualized The Lope is not Canter. The jog is a 2 beat gait. Separating the Right diagonal pair (right front, left hind) results in the Right lead lope, the horse pushes himself with the Left hind and lands on the Right front, his leading leg. So, separating the right diagonal …

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The magic behind your reins

The Five Rein Aids “While I think most of us can visualize how we can affect the horse’s front feet through the reins, there are infinite variations in how we can use those reins to affect change in the horse’s feet. Here, we will attempt to remove the mystery of the different actions of the …

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Frame Your Horse

Frame Your Horse The three frames of the Cowboy Dressage gaits are the short frame (collected frame), medium frame (working frame) and long frame (free frame). Notice not only the shortened stride length but also the horse’s head position in each of the frames. With each shortening of the frame from the lengthened frame, the …

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Turn on Haunches Right

Turn on Haunches Right When Biomechanics Stop – Soft Feel Start! Knowing the horse’s foot falls, can help you become a better Rider! Feeling the horse’s foot falls, can help you become a better Horseman!  18 total views

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Food forThought

A little food for thought from our wise old horseman…… Year’s ago the western committee of USEF came to Eitan and asked him when judging a western horse where he thought the head of the horse should be. Of course 8’s answer was not one they anticipated. He told them not to look at the …

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Rein Contact

“Contact is a private conversation between the horse & the rider.” People are always telling others what “contact” they should have with their horse. But the appropriate contact is a conversation that is constantly changing between the rider and the horse. I believe it to be a private matter that only the horse and rider …

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Self-Carriage

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Aids

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The Octagon for Bend

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Cowboy Dressage Biomechanics. This is Dressage the cowboy way

Cowboy Dressage Biomechanics. This is Dressage the cowboy way.     As a Cowboy Dressage rider you probably picture a dressage arena and the different movements required at each test. Think rhythmic four-beat walk, a supple jog with an active hind leg, and a three-beat lope, nice and straight. To get there we commonly use …

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