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The Truth is in the Horse!


“Let's be perfectly frank and honest with ourselves regarding our relationship with any horse.  When you finish your ride and you get down from the saddle, it isn't the people who watched you ride, the officials at some event or exhibition who have any right to judge you. The real thing that matters, the true judge of your ability as a horseman is standing next to you. It is the horse who will tell you by his expression, his body and the look in his eye if you helped him, if you showed him how he can be better and if you have a partner in this dance.” JSR
I want to buy a dressage horse

I Want to Buy a Dressage Horse!


I can so relate to this.. LOL
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It Works!


What value does Western Dressage bring to the table?

Have you ever had one of those days when you had an eye opening moment? Last month when I was coaching Cheryl Haaren at a Western Dressage show, I heard Cheryl say, "It really works!"

What prompted that expression of joy? First, you need to know something about this 12 year old Appy trail horse. This guy is kind, friendly and, has a big heart, but he needs lots of leadership because he has lots of instinctual fears.

It is very typical for Dunbar to be on the muscle and worried about the smallest things crawling on the ground. I told Cheryl to "trust the training". As you can see in the picture, he was in a new place, settled in nicely and showed some relaxation. This was Cheryl's second show and I am happy to say she picked up  a 1st and 2nd place with scores in the mid to high 60s.

Letter from Moshi by Jane Sovoie

I love this article by Jane Savoie, I think you will too. This is an unauthorized reprint, all rights and appreciation goes to Jane Savoie.
There are strong leaders, passive leaders, dictators, feckless guides, and bullies. What kind of leader are you?

Horses appreciate a good leader. We may challenge you now and then, but we hope you're strong enough to stand up to our testing. There are very few of us who really want to be the leader. We want YOU to lead and be in charge of keeping us safe. We relax when we're confident that you're taking responsibility for the both of us.

Being the leader can be tough for some people. Some humans think it's "mean" to take charge. They think they're being kind by letting us make our own decisions. This isn't how horses think. If we have confidence in your strong leadership, we allow ourselves to relax. If you don't take charge, most of us will. We'll look for things to be wary of, which often results in spooking. If we're the ones left in charge, we expect you to be nothing but a passenger. We may still like you, but we also lose respect for you.

One of the ways you let us know that you're in charge is by moving our feet. In horse language, he who moves the other guy's feet is the boss. It's that simple. Just by taking the leadrope and asking us to step sideways a few steps, take a few steps backward, and then move out forward, you let us know that you're in charge. Just remember that you have to be in charge when you get on our backs, too!

Are you a good leader for your horse? Do you have the tools you need to remind your horse that he is safe with you in charge? Be fair, but be firm. Be a good, clear guide. Your horse won't resent your leadership. In fact, he craves it.

Love, Moshi

  Jane Savoie

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Welcome to Summer


Welcome to  Summer, "yeah right!" Not here in the Northwest. I hope all is going well in your world.

Sorry, I have not been in touch with you guys with more newsletters, but I have been extremely busy with Carbon, clients showing, and building training material to help with Western Dressage. This new sport is growing like mad here in the NW. I love this new sport because it really is an effective way of building a nice safe western horse. Carbon and I have been working hard with our clients to show the value of using dressage concepts and the use of the aids to influence control. The dressage judges have helped me and my clients to gain more confidence in our ability with our horses. That was a huge unexpected result of showing in the Dressage court.

How do you measure your development? Humbly I can say, with out a doubt, I totally underestimated the value of the Dressage testing. I put my ego aside and allowed dressage judges to look at my riding style and make comments. Why did I open myself up to this type of abuse? There are two reasons why I started showing: 1) to get a better grasp of what is expected in training Western Dressage. I knew that if I am going to be an effective teacher of Western Dressage, I need to get out there and learn what I need to learn to be more effective. 2) I needed some type of validation that I was or was not on the right track with my personal development. What I learned was totally unexpected!  My experience in the dressage court has been invaluable. I now know what is expected and involved with testing. The key is to transition the judges comments to make the needed changes back home after the show. This experience has opened up my eyes to things I have never seen before. Both me and my clients have seen steady, measurable progress and improved scores. This directly translates to being a better horseman. 

How can you benefit from what I have learned? I went back to the drawing board. In the last newsletter a few months ago, I announced the launch of the latest technology in website design. I knew at that time I needed a new innovative platform to help build this new discipline. Video and interactive media is a great way to get help. If you have not been to my website in the last month, you will be shocked at how much content I have added. I redefined my mission, added a video archive with over 30 never seen videos, most taken from a clinic in MN, I added a file download section that contains all my latest videos, and finally, I launched an online educational study program filled with video and diagrams.This online class is a step-by-step program that is taken right from my popular iPhone apps. This program starts with ground work and as I have time, I will be adding many more lessons that will lead to a finished "Western Dressage Bridle Horse". But that is not all, I have more ideas and concepts I will be adding as we develop this new state of the art innovative platform.

There is lots to see at my new website, you can spend literally hours looking at all the new videos. Hope to see you over there and let me know how I can help develop you and your horse for Western Dressage.

Video Archive

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canter-footfall-how-do-you-know-when-to-ask-for-the-leadHave you ever wanted to know when you should ask or cue for a lead departure? What is the sequence of  the footfall of the horse in the canter? These are some of the most common questions people ask when it comes to canter work with the horse.Cueing for a lead departure can be a...
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key-classic-western-dressage-showRandy Byers competed with his horse, Carbon, at the Morgan show in Monroe Washington on May 10, 2012. He received the highest score of the day with a 69.524 in the USEF Basic test #1. This is an educational video to help you see the movements and scores that USDF judges are rewarding and looking for at...
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randy-byers-truth-revealed"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...
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usef-western-dressage-basic-test-1-what-does-80-174-look-likeThis test was taking at Donida Farms in Auburn Washington on 6/02/2012. Randy Byers was tested with Carbon an 8yr PMU QH from Canada. This video is meant to be an educational and inspirational video to show what the judges are looking for in a Western Dressage horse.Thanks again from Randy Byers Western...
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what-is-hip-shoulder-shoulderWhat is the difference between a spin and a turn on the haunches? What are some of the problems that can develop in a turn on the haunches and how do we troubleshoot or fix these issues? How do we speed up the spin?Thanks again from Randy Byers Western Dressage Team.To view this video, you may need to...
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usef-western-dressage-test-primary-level-4‎ Let's use a little logic: 2+2=4, 3+3=5. 100% of us can agree that one answer is correct and the other is not. This mutual agreement is because this statement is quantifiable and it is definitive not subjective.Dressage is "subjective" not "definitive". The USDF has done a great job trying to...
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western-dressage-usef-primary-test-2-what-does-80-926-looks-likeA little Northwest rain and mud puddles never stops us from riding our horses. This was Carbon's best test ever!  Carbon felt amazing that day. Other than a the circles not perfect, I could not ask for a better ride. I though he would balk at the mud puddle, but he did not miss a beat. This...
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working-equitation-ialha-usa-nationals-speed The Need for "Speed" The Journey to a USA National Working Equitation Championship. Nothing like a little adversity to build character I always say. "We all know the toughest journeys have the sweetest rewards."~Patty Carlson.  The need for "SPEED"! I have to admit that when I first...
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bridle-work-foot-fall-2This video is supplemental information to Bridle Work. It is a short explanation of how your foot fall effects the horse's movement as you teach Bridle Work from the ground. This video is specifically formatted in the m4v format so you can upload it right into a...
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working-equitation-ialha-usa-nationals-eoh The Journey to a USA National Working Equitation Championship Nothing like a little adversity to build character I always say. "We all know the toughest journeys have the sweetest rewards."~Patty Carlson. Well said Patty because the journey was a tuff one, let me explain: As I rode Carbon into...
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usef-western-dressage-test-basic-level-1 On April 14th, 2012 Randy Byers performed a Western Dressage test at Donida Farms in Auburn Washington. He received a 68.1 on USEF Basic Western Dressage test 1To view this video, you may need to install Quicktime If you are having issues watching this video you can view it...
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western-dressage-question-and-answer This was a question and answer session during the first MWWD Western Dressage clinic in Minnesota at the University of Minnesota in April of 2011. If you are having problems viewing this video, you can click on this link: http://blip.tv/western-dressage-today/western-dressage-q-a-6214616To view...
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the-dance“Let's be perfectly frank and honest with ourselves regarding our relationship with any horse. When you finish your ride and you get down from the saddle, it isn't the people who watched you ride, the officials at some event or exhibition who have any right to judge you. The real thing that matters, the...
Written on 29/05/2012, 11:38 by admin
making-practical-application-to-shoulders-inWe hear Dressage instructors say that shoulder-in is a great movement for suppling, straightness, and getting the hind end to engage, but when was the last time you actually saw a practical application to this movement? In many of the western disciplines, it is commonly taught to do a haunches-in...
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blanche-dilleshaw-s-first-show-score-70-0I am so proud of Blanche Dilleshaw and her mare Gadget. This was not only their first Western Dressage show, but their first show ever. The sad thing was she beat Carbon and I. They took 2nd place. Blanche is a real inspiration to me; I hope she is an inspiration to you too. This team has only been...
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a-trail-horse-s-first-western-dressage-test-67-381After two months of training, this12 year old Appy trail horse went and did his first Western Dressage test. If he can do it so can you!.This test was taken at Donida Farms in Auburn Washington on 6/02/2012. Cheryl Haaren was tested with Dunbar a 12yr Appaloosa gelding. This video is meant to be an...
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ihorserider-shoulders-iphone-appThis is the 2nd app in a series of 6 horse apps. This app includes: exercises  videos concepts  troubleshooting that teaches you and your horse how to move shoulders.  This app is the prerequisite to neck reining and lateral movements. These exercises will give you power...
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round-up-and-soften In Western Dressage, it is a requirement to have a soft, supple, round horse. Sometimes, and in some breeds, we have horses with or have been taught to have a high head carriage. Whenever the nose is above the drive-line, we can lose leverage and cause the horse to hollow out his back. In this video...
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ihorserider-haunches-iphone-appThis is the 3rd app in a series of 6 horse apps. This is a step-by-step comprehensive horse training application that concentrates just on haunches. It has: exercises  preloaded concept videos  cues/aids  troubleshooting  animations  Diagrams for further clarity on cues...
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erahc-va-classic-horse-show-working-equitation-dressage-phase W.E. First Phase (Dressage) On Labor day weekend 2013 Carbon and I had the opportunity to drive up to Lexington Virginia from North Carolina to attend the Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club's (ERAHC) annual Classic horse breed show. You may ask why would I take a Quarter Horse to an Andalusian...
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evaluation-suppling-and-transitions‎Dressage instructors use the "Pyramid" or "Training scale" to help measure the progress of your training. A horse should maintain rhythm and relaxation at the core of training. Suppling a horse is a great way to soften and relax a horse. You will notice in the beginning of the video the rider...
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what-is-shoulders-inThis is a very simple explanation of shoulder-inTo view this video, you may need to install Quicktime If you are having issues watching this video you can view it here: http://blip.tv/western-dressage-today/what-is-shoulders-in-6173731
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who-is-randy-byers This is an introduction to Randy Byers during the first MWWD Western Dressage clinic in Minnesota at the University of Minnesota in April of 2011.
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how-long-is-the-attention-span-of-a-horseThis video is supplemental information to Bridle Work. It is a helpful explanation of how long the attention span of a horse is. This video is in formatted in the m4v format so you can upload it right into a mobile device like a smart phone, which you...
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why-elevate-the-front-end It is important to get the horse off of his front end and use his hind end. In Western Dressage, we need to understand that we always ride the horse from back to front, but raise the front end to make room for the back end to come under itself. In order to do this we create impulsion, then rock the...
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the-importance-of-the-outside-rein This footage was taken from The Washington Horse Expo at Clark County Events Center Feb 2011. 
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counter-canter-flying-lead-changes This short clip was taken from a clinic at University of Minnesota in 2011. This segment of the clinic was to give a basic understanding of a counter canter lead change vs simple change. The basic concept is to switch leads "FROM" the counter canter rather than switch "TO" the counter canter. It is...
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ihorserider-lateral-iphone-appThis is the 4th app in a series of 6 horse apps. This is a step-by-step comprehensive horse training application that focuses on lateral movement. It has: exercises  preloaded concept videos  cues/aids  troubleshooting.  animations  diagrams  This app will teach...
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bridle-trick-my-horse-will-not-take-the-bridle-nicelyThe prerequisite to "Bridle Work" from the ground, is being able to put on the bridle. Many horses develop issues with having the bridle put on by the handler. This is a great little trick to try out before introducing the actual snaffle bit.
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bridle-work-cue-2-coachingThis is a video coaching session for a ground work exercise called "Bridle Work". It allows you to teach a cue from the ground that can be transferred to riding under saddle. This is cue number two. You are doing a great job Karen, just do not let the horse get too far out in front of you. The...
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bridle-work-coachingBridle Work Cue #1. Bridle Work is a ground exercise that teaches cues from the ground that transition to saddle.Karen, great job so far. Page 5 of iHorseTrainer iPocketGuide under completion says "Consistently moving foreword" before moving to Cue #2. Peanut is sleep walking. She is not yet moving...
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why-is-contact-important This footage was taken from The Washington Horse Expo at Clark County Events Center Feb 2011. 
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what-is-western-dressage This footage was taken from The Washington Horse Expo at Clark County Events Center Feb 2011. 
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ihorserider-foundation-iphone-appThis is the first app in a series of 6 horse riding/training apps. iHorseRiding: The Foundation, teaches the basics that all horses should know under saddle. You will learn the how and why of using cues and aids, specifically which cues and aids move which body parts and when and how to use and teach...
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resistanceThis video is supplemental information to Bridle Work. It is an explanation of how to fix resistance in your horse. This video is specifically formatted in m4v format so you can upload it right into a mobile device like a smart phone, which you can take with you to the...
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what-is-naturalThis video is supplemental information to Bridle Work. It is a short explantion of what natural horsemanship is and how firm or soft we need to be in our training.This video is specifically formatted in the m4v format so you can upload it right into a mobile device like a...
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ihorsetrainer"How Effective is your Ground Work?" This mobile app is designed to teach ground work exercises called "Bridle Work" (a John Lyons method). "Bridle Work" will help you teach your horse 8 essential cues from the ground that are needed to ride a horse under saddle. Bridle Work will prepare you and your...
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what-is-bridle-workThis is an introduction to Bridle Work, what it is and what to expect..Bridle Wrok is a group of eight exercises that are taught from the ground to help you build riding cues when you start riding under saddle. When you are ready to ride, you will transfer the cues that you taught from the ground to...
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what-is-collection Collection is so much more than a headset or a body frame - it's a mental, emotional, and physical state.  learn how to activate your horse to build toward the ultimate sense of collection.This footage was taken from The Washington Horse Expo at Clark County Events Center Feb 2011. 
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just-a-little-fun-with-carbon-to-music This footage was taken from The Washington Horse Expo at Clark County Events Center Feb 2011. To view this video, you may need to install Quicktime
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practical-applicationThis video is supplemental information to Bridle Work. It explains how to make practical application to these exercises. This video is specifically formatted in the m4v format so you can upload it right into a mobile device like a smart phone, which you can take with you to the...
Written on 30/10/2013, 19:23 by admin
erahc-va-classic-horse-show-working-equitation-ease-of-handlingW.E. Second Phase "Ease Of Handling" (EOH) On Labor day weekend 2013 Carbon and I had the opportunity to drive up to Lexington Virginia from North Carolina to attend the Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club's (ERAHC) annual Classic horse breed show. You may ask why would I take a Quarter Horse to an...
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erahc-va-classic-horse-show-working-equitation-speedW.E. Third Phase "Speed" On Labor day weekend 2013 Carbon and I had the opportunity to drive up to Lexington Virginia from North Carolina to attend the Eastern Region Andalusian Horse Club's (ERAHC) annual Classic horse breed show. You may ask why would I take a Quarter Horse to an Andalusian breed...
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what-is-western-dressage-2 This footage was taken from The Washington Horse Expo at Clark County Events Center Feb 2011. 
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