"The more tools you have in your toolbox, the more different exercises and arena patterns you know, the less likely you are to get stuck in your training." - Thomas Ritter www.artisticdressage.com

"The more tools you have in your toolbox, the more different exercises and arena patterns you know, the less likely you are to get stuck in your training." - Thomas Ritter www.artisticdressage.com

"The development of suppleness in the horse is achieved through a strategy of exercises which improve the horse's balance while simultaneously removing stiffness and resistance in the horse." - Shana Ritter artisticdressage.com

"The development of suppleness in the horse is achieved through a strategy of exercises which improve the horse's balance while simultaneously removing stiffness and resistance in the horse." - Shana Ritter artisticdressage.com

"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

"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

"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

"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

“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

"The more exercise patterns you know, the larger your exercise library, the more flexible and creative your training will become, the more your training will progress, and the happier and more fulfilled you and your horse will be in the work." - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

"The more exercise patterns you know, the larger your exercise library, the more flexible and creative your training will become, the more your training will progress, and the happier and more fulfilled you and your horse will be in the work." - 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

"Each mistake that happens can give you the inspiration for the next exercise." - Thomas Ritter

"Each mistake that happens can give you the inspiration for the next exercise." - Thomas Ritter

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