Entries by Henry

How to Use a Dressage Whip

My previous post focused on how to hold a whip. That’s all fine and good, but unless you know how to properly use one, it can do you more harm than good. The Wrist is Wright: Despite the image of a jockey furiously whipping his horse to be the first across the line, the use of a whip in dressage is all about finesse. The leverage point for a whip is not in the elbow […]

The First Timer’s Guide to Competing Dressage from a First Timer

Tim Russell, March 10, 2017 I’m no expert rider. But I am an expert at being a beginner rider. I’ve been a beginner for about four years now, which makes me uniquely qualified to dispense expert advice on how to be a beginner. I just completed my first dressage competition, and yes, I won the blue ribbon. The fact that I won first out of a field of two, is beside the point. Everybody has […]

To Whip or Neigh?

I recently started riding with a dressage whip while working with Eros and have had great results.  I found that it doesn’t take much – if any – contact to get him out of his semi-sleepy state and in tune with the day’s lesson. Unfortunately, I dropped the whip just before entering the show ring when I went to ride my first test. I foolishly thought that I didn’t need the added distraction. But I wish I had held […]