"You can select a gymnastic training pattern that involves circles, rectangles, squares, triangles, ovals, or serpentines, or a combination of several figures, and ride it slowly at the walk first to show the horse the new task." - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com
"Ride the lateral movements not only on the traditional lines, but also on unusual lines like the center line, quarter lines, diagonals, curved lines, and any other line you see. This sharpens the horse's attentiveness to the aids and the rider's awareness for the horse's body alignment." - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com
"If you ambush your horse, you are likely to upset his balance and make him tense and nervous. Horses dislike surprises as much as humans." - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com
"Try to break complex tasks down into smaller intermediary steps. If the horse struggles with one particular step, try to break it down into even smaller steps, if possible." - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com
"Identifying where we have deficits is not about making ourselves feel bad or proving how inept we are. Rather, it is about finding areas we can improve and identifying exactly what need to be improved." - Shana Ritter artisticdressage.com
"Every time we do anything or change anything, the horse will respond by becoming either better or worse. Through thoughtful experimentation we can learn from our horse what makes him better and what makes him worse.