“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

“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

"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

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

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

"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

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