Monthly Archives: August 2014

A leg up on leg protection

I’m working on finishing the iBook on bandaging that I developed for the capstone of my Master’s Degree in Education, Teaching and Technology. It’s pretty cool, if I do humble-bragĀ so myself. But until it’s available, I wanted my WWU dressage … Continue reading

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WEG Winner

Here’s the video of Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro winning the musical freestyle (after already having topped the team and individual tests!) at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France. http://www.topdressage.tv/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=190&t=8560 Go Blueberry!

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Professor Sport

Here’s an early-semester sight that always warms my heart: a group of “keepers” organizing, cleaning and labeling grooming equipment for the horses in their charge. That’s Professor Sport (Lamborghini) supervising the work. Sport’s a 27-year-old Trakehner gelding who’s been at … Continue reading

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How to hold the reins

One of my biggest rider position pet peeves is open fingers. Open fingersĀ are a misguided attempt to be “soft” on the horse’s mouth, but when riders open their fingers they remove responsibility of suppleness from the rest of the arm. … Continue reading

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Before you get on

There’s so much more to riding than just sitting atop a horse. Your pre-ride preparation and care of the horse can make all the difference to your ride, and it demonstrates your compassion for your horsey partner. Check out this … Continue reading

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WWU Dressage classes: what to wear

Here’s a web page I whipped up to help WWU Dressage riders (especially those new to the program, but it doesn’t hurt returning students to do a quick review!) know the appropriate attire for applied riding classes. Check it out … Continue reading

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Oh, blog. I’ve been neglecting you.

No more neglect. I’m going to use the blog to supplement my teaching, so WWU dressage riders, bookmark this page! Until then, enjoy this delightful video of a group of very friendly — and somewhat gassy — horses snoozing. There … Continue reading

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