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Emulating Ray Hunt (part three)

The Feet  “Getting to the feet” is a core Ray Hunt maxim. In dressage, riders hear a lot about, moving the horse’s hip, raising the shoulder, positioning the neck, to straighten crookedness, and more.  I’ve found that concentrating on the horse’s feet (how much weight there is, front to back, …

DVD excerpt

This DVD video clip is from “Bringing It Together, an approach to a lighter and happier dressage horse.” It demonstrates the results that are achievable with any horse.   The clip shows Betty riding her homebred, 12 year old, 15 hand, Tennesee Walking Horse Mare, “Murphy.”  Filmed in 2008.    The excerpt is from the section …

7 Clinics DVD excerpt

  VIDEO: While Buck Brannaman and his students ride, Betty narrates a segment on “untracking a horse,” explaining what this exercise means to both the horse and rider.   This is a published promotional excerpt from the “7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman” DVDs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_q8sgF12PQ  

Emulating Ray (part two)

Combining Softness and Power It’s my observation that lots of Western riders can get their horses soft, while lots of English riders can get their horses moving with power.  The real art is combining softness and power.  My best dressage lessons were made possible by Ray Hunt. With a simplicity …

Emulating Ray Hunt

Ray Hunt had a profound impact on my riding.  In spite of the fact, I’m keenly interested in dressage and Ray was a Western Ranch sort of fella, Ray helped me enormously.   Without Ray, dressage wouldn’t make any sense to me.  Ray could say something that would stick in my …

Dressage Test Run Through

VIDEO Riding dressage tests is a fascinating personal challenge.  There’s a competitor in my soul, even if I’m only competing against myself.   My little spitfire Jemima (Han/TB/Arab cross) is not ideal for competition.  Compared to the typical enormous cruise-mobile warmbloods, Jemima’s a compact sports car.  However, at 15-3 hands, her narrow build is easy …