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“The horse must feel safe and secure with the rider, who, in turn, must not exploit the horse’s good nature and talent.” - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

“The horse must feel safe and secure with the rider, who, in turn, must not exploit the horse’s good nature and talent.” - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

"Respect without trust is fear. Trust without respect leads to anarchy." - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

"Respect without trust is fear. Trust without respect leads to anarchy." - 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

“Every type of work should aim at improving the horse.”   artisticdressage.com

“Every type of work should aim at improving the horse.” 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

“The horse has to see the human as a trustworthy leader whom it can follow with a clear conscience, without having to worry about suffering harm.” - Thomas Ritter www.artisticdressage.com

“The horse has to see the human as a trustworthy leader whom it can follow with a clear conscience, without having to worry about suffering harm.” - Thomas Ritter www.artisticdressage.com

"Here is a revolutionary concept: Ask for your horse's input and active collaboration, not just his unquestioning obedience to your authority." - Thomas Ritter www.artisticdressage.com

"Here is a revolutionary concept: Ask for your horse's input and active collaboration, not just his unquestioning obedience to your authority." - Thomas Ritter www.artisticdressage.com

"Give your horse the benefit of the doubt. Take his shortcomings into consideration." - Shana Ritter  artisticdressage.com

"Give your horse the benefit of the doubt. Take his shortcomings into consideration." - Shana Ritter artisticdressage.com

“Every interaction with the horse must serve its physical and psychological well-being.” - Thomas Ritter  artisticdressage.com

“Every interaction with the horse must serve its physical and psychological well-being.” - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com


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"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

"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 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

“Every interaction with the horse, every aid we apply, every exercise or movement we ride is a learning experience and makes the horse either better or worse.”  - Thomas Ritter  www.artisticdressage.com

“Every interaction with the horse, every aid we apply, every exercise or movement we ride is a learning experience and makes the horse either better or worse.” - Thomas Ritter www.artisticdressage.com

"Mistakes are important for learning. Without them, there is no progress. We learn from the contrast of getting it wrong and getting it right." - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

"Mistakes are important for learning. Without them, there is no progress. We learn from the contrast of getting it wrong and getting it right." - 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

“In order to be able to train a horse successfully, the rider has to acquire and cultivate basic skills in all three areas - sport, science, and art.” - Thomas Ritter www.artisticdressage.com

“In order to be able to train a horse successfully, the rider has to acquire and cultivate basic skills in all three areas - sport, science, and art.” - Thomas Ritter www.artisticdressage.com

“This is a lifelong process which never ends. Nobody can ever achieve perfection in it.” - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

“This is a lifelong process which never ends. Nobody can ever achieve perfection in it.” - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

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. - Dr. Thomas Ritter

"There is no general recipe or universal formula that fits all horses." - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

"There is no general recipe or universal formula that fits all horses." - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

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