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"The upper level movements will flow naturally from perfecting the basics." - Thomas Ritter  Have you joined our newsletter? http://eepurl.com/bYdIm5

"The upper level movements will flow naturally from perfecting the basics." - Thomas Ritter Have you joined our newsletter? http://eepurl.com/bYdIm5

"Riding exercises and patterns also has a suppling effect on the rider's body." - Shana Ritter artisticdressage.com

"Riding exercises and patterns also has a suppling effect on the rider's body." - Shana Ritter artisticdressage.com

"By riding in a way that takes care to improve the horse's balance and suppleness, we help to keep him sound, healthy, and happy into old age." - Shana Ritter  artisticdressage.com

"By riding in a way that takes care to improve the horse's balance and suppleness, we help to keep him sound, healthy, and happy into old age." - Shana Ritter artisticdressage.com

"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

"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

"One of the most important qualities of the rider is attentiveness." - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

"One of the most important qualities of the rider is attentiveness." - 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

"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

"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

"When we show up honestly and authentically and vulnerably every day for this journey, it will transform us - not just as riders, but also as human beings." - Shana Ritter artisticdressage.com

"When we show up honestly and authentically and vulnerably every day for this journey, it will transform us - not just as riders, but also as human beings." - Shana 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

"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

Put one foot in front of the other and look for things in the simple basics that could use some improvement. - Thomas Ritter  Have you joined our newsletter? http://eepurl.com/bYdIm5

Put one foot in front of the other and look for things in the simple basics that could use some improvement. - Thomas Ritter Have you joined our newsletter? http://eepurl.com/bYdIm5

"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

"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." - Thomas Ritter

"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.

A smart, caring rider will put some thought into what it is he is going to ask of his horse and prepare the horse by putting him into the optimal balance and by giving him a fair warning. - Dr. Thomas Ritter

A smart, caring rider will put some thought into what it is he is going to ask of his horse and prepare the horse by putting him into the optimal balance and by giving him a fair warning.

“The system of equestrian art consists of the following three main components: the rider’s aids, the basic schooling patterns, and the dressage movements.” - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

“The system of equestrian art consists of the following three main components: the rider’s aids, the basic schooling patterns, and the dressage movements.” - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

“Difficult movements become relatively easy once horse and rider have truly mastered the basics.”  - Thomas Ritter  www.artisticdressage.com

“Difficult movements become relatively easy once horse and rider have truly mastered the basics.” - Thomas Ritter www.artisticdressage.com

“The movements of the human should be flowing, quiet, and harmonious, whether on the ground, or in the saddle.”  - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

“The movements of the human should be flowing, quiet, and harmonious, whether on the ground, or in the saddle.” - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

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