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 Now you can take video, animations, diagrams, written explanation and audio with you to the arena.

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Western Dressage Clinics

Simplification is the Key

BritishStirlingsw "Proper" horse training does not need to be technical! Western Dressage is not difficult to learn if it is simplified. Simplification does "NOT" minimize the value of Western Dressage training!

Inspiration

"I Got it Finally"

"Effective Leadership"

DawneHappysh To be truly effective requires simplification. "If you do not understand the lesson, how will your horse understand?"
                    2013 USA Working Equitation National Champion!

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"This is Randy & Carbon's First National Championship"

Every year the IALHA (International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association) have their annual championship in Fort Worth Texas. It was held this year on October 15th-19th 2013. 

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                     Randy Byers Truth Revealed!

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"Rearing and flipping over backwards is the single most dangerous thing a horse can do!"

Why does a horse rear?
Rearing is a refusal to go forward or an evasion to your "go forward" aids or cues!""

How do you fix a rearing problem? 
Simply put, "keep the horse's feet moving in any direction except backwards!"  It is impossible for a horse to rear while in a canter. In the video at the bottom of the page you will find a  a detailed explanation of the two most common methods to fix this unwanted behavior. 

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Over the years, countless people and horses have been seriously injured or even killed by this type of unwanted behavior. This behavior is not to be taken lightly. A horse can go 6 different directions: forward, back, left, right, down, and UP! The truth is that it can happen at anytime without any warning from the horse or action on your part. If you have a horse that is starting to rear, seek help from a professional before you or your horse get seriously injured or even killed. "It is better to put a welt on the horse's butt than have the horse put you in the grave!"

Western Dressage

Carbon & Lisa Pin Oak 2015

"Horses will go to the level of the rider!”

What an interesting statement. I first heard this concept when I was getting my certification with Josh Lyons in 2007. By the 12th week working with Josh in Colorado, he purchased two finished reining horses from Canada. After watching him ride his new horses, I asked him why did you buy finished reining horses, would it not be more rewarding if you built them yourself? Are you worried about folks thinking you bought your way to victory instead have having the pride that you built them yourself? Simply put he said β€œCan you ride these horses as well as I can?” "Do you think I can jump on them and win some prizes?” "As sure as I am standing here the horses will go to the level of the rider every time."

What I learned that day was just because you have a finished horse between your legs does not mean you will win a gold medal. The reason why this is a sound concept is because horses are lazy and under acheivers by nature. They are looking for the fastest way back to the barn. They will only match the expectations of the riders not over extend themselves. If you have a rider that is less experienced, the horse will have lower expectation than as someone that is more experience.

I always say that the truth is in the horse. As you can see in the pictures below this concept still holds true. Working Equitation is unlike any western proformance or trail class. This sport will sperate the boys from the men. You cannot ride at this level by accident or buy your way here. Lisa did not just wake up one morning and ask to ride Carbon at this level. You see Lisa has spent the last 24 years working and riding modern dressage, so all I had to do is show Lisa how to make the transistion to the art of one handed classical riding as Carbon knows it. Not just anyone can jump on and ride at this level. Over the last five years Carbon has schooled many folks in the fundamentals of Classical Dressage in a western saddle, but not one has came as close as Lisa in getting the performance out of Carbon like he is capable of.  What made this show a real challenge for Lisa was she had two hats to wear. Not only was she an exhibitioner at the advance level, but she was also the lead photographer. Team Carbon stepped to the plate and made it happen for her. Keep an eye on this team because they get better each time they ride. 

I hope Lisa and Carbon contenues to inspire folks to be the best they can with a little hard work anything can happen. BTW Carbon and Lisa took reserve champion at this year's Pin Oak Charity show in Katy Texas at the advance level.,
I would like to give a special thanks to all the folks that worked so hard to make this show a success. 
Carmina Zamorano
Rafael Chavez Monzon of Haras dos Cavaleiros.
Bruce W. Menke
Linda Graham

Beth Snider
Patty Carlson

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