• Mirror Image

    Establishing relaxation, rhythm and suppleness...

  • Cavaletti work

    Schooling over cavaletti to encourage the horse to lift and round it's back...

  • Comparison

    The connection should stay the same whether the horse is stretched down and out or when collected.

  • Grey Arabian

    One of the first steps on the training scale is for the horse to reach for the contact.

Classical Foundation Training - Developing the horse's strength, balance, connection and engagement one step at a time.





From the Blog!

Join me as I post weekly blogs covering many topics relating to Classical Foundation Training. I have intentionally left out the word "dressage" because many people have a negative association with the prevalent "crank and spank" approach or that it is a sport for only those who are afraid to jump.

Dressage as it is meant to be is an understanding of how to best optimize a horse's movement and ability to carry a rider, surely a benefit for any horse, any discipline. It is also important in maintaining your horse's safety, soundness and sanity.

Update from Edmonton, Canada

Here is a progress report on the horse that Shantel Perreal gave a demonstration with on our last visit to Edmonton.

Video Critique: Karli and Petri Submission 1

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses the video sent in by Karli and gives suggestions for further improvement.

Video Critique: Jo and Chaplin submission 1

San Diego Horse Trainer Will Faerber from Art2Ride discusses the video sent in by Jo and gives suggestions for further improvement.