"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

"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

"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

"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

"The truth is that really learning to ride well is brutal on our egos." - Thomas Ritter artisticdressage.com

"The truth is that really learning to ride well is brutal on our egos." - 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

"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

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