Abdominal Muscles - Where they are ; what they do.
Abdominal Muscles - Diagrams of those important riding muscles.
Activating the Hind Legs - Getting the horse’s back up and swinging.
Alignment - Finding the classical position off & on horse.
Arena Figures - Useful schooling patterns. Straight lines and Corners.
Arena Geometry - How to gain vital extra marks through accuracy.
Awareness - Getting right back to the beginning and developing the hows of riding
Background -A short bio.
Balance - What do we mean by balance when talking about riding.
Balance Finding Exercises - Exactly that.
Beginning to Teach - Helping others with their riding.
Books to Read - A list of recommended reading.
Bracing the Back - What does it actually mean and entail?
Breathing- The importance of abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing in riding
Canter, The - Diagrams and description of the horse’s footfalls in canter.
Chambon, The - A look at the practical use of this—to some controversial—training aid
Collapsing in the Hip - Being unlevel in the hands is a major symptom.
Conscious & Unconscious Competence - When riding becomes instinctive.
Contact - The horse reaching out to the bit.
Counting the Tempi Changes - Keeping track of how many you’ve ridden.
Discipline - More about reward than punishment.
Dressage to Music - All you need to know to get started.
Flexion and Bend - The difference between the two and flexed straight€¯.
Flying Changes - How to introduce and execute them.
Freedom & Regularity of the Canter - Official descriptions of the three gaits.
Freedom & Regularity of the Trot - Understanding them will help you.
Freedom & Regularity of the Walk - Are these directives being followed in the competition arenas?
Gaits -The Walk - Animations show the correct sequence of leg movements within each gait
Gaits -The Trot - Also illustrated with stills.
Gaits -The Canter - To help you learn the feel of what’s going on underneath you.
Gallery - Photos to inspire you.
Half Halt - What it is; how to ride it.
How to Straighten the Horse - Improving the horse’s lateral and longitudinal balance.
Inside Leg to Outside Rein - What does it really mean and entail?
Improving the Canter Depart - How to prevent rushy & unbalanced transitions
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Judge’s Comments - What do they really mean?
Lauffer / Vienna Reins - The use of sliding reins
Lessons - Lesson prices and contact details and a bit about my teaching style.
Links - Other sites of interest to the classical enthusiast.
Lungeing - The Basics - An introduction or re-introduction for horse and handler to the starting point of lungeing.
More on the Training Scales - An answer to a question I posed about the training scales.
Muscle Use in Riding- Those muscles that enable you to sit as though you were a part of the horse.
Muscles - Diagrams of those important riding muscles.
Nothing to Attain - Just Ride - How NOT having specific goals can be more productive.
On the Bit - It’s not about setting the horse’s head in a pretty place!
Party Time! - All you need to know about going to a dressage competition.
Pelvis Diagrams - Muscles and bones of the seat.
Progressive Skill Development - This takes account of where you are in the process of acquiring a new skill.
Quadriceps; The -The muscles of the leg.
Q & A- Main page of this section. All Q & As are listed separately in this full site index
Reading List - A List of personal favourite on riding and training with links to Amazon UK & USA.
Rider Stretches - The Dos and Don’ts of stretching and usesful diagrams of stretches beneficial to riders.
Sitting the Trot- The biomechanics of the sitting trot.
Sitting Trot Woes - Check your rising trot is OK before you attempt to sit.
Teaching & Learning- In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.
Teachers and Students -These thoughts were written with Taoism in mind, but it’s all applicable to riding.
Training Scales - Description of the six German training scales for horses.
Training Scales for Riders - Everything in classical dressage is derived from biomechanics and psychology which gives a logical cause and effect relationship to it all.
Trot, The - Diagrams and description of the horse’s footfalls in trot.
Walk, The - Diagrams and description of the horse’s footfalls in walk.
What is Classical Riding? - It’s how we should ride every time we get on a horse.
Why Ride Classically? - discussion between two riders about the way GP horses look today versus 50 years ago.
Zen Dressage - Main page to the more spiritual side of the site. What is Zen, anyway?
An Alphabetical List of all the Pages in the Classical Dressage Notebook
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