Western Dressage

Western Dressage

Western dressage incorporates the principles of dressage into a progressive system of training for Western horses and riders with the purpose of enjoying a safe, pleasurable, versatile and useful working horse.

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Western Dressage
  • Run Through of Intro 3 Test

    Tim rides through Western dressage Intro 3 test. This is his favorite intro test because it has a wonderful flow. He talks us through the entire pattern and explains what he is doing with each maneuver.

  • Run Through of Basic 1 Test

    In this video, Tim Christensen does a complete run-through of Western dressage Basic 1 test. He talks us through the entire test so you know what he's thinking the entire time.

  • Using Poles To Improve Circles

    Similar to using poles to improve balance, Tim Christensen also shows us how to use them for improving your circles. He sets up poles in a 20-meter circle and explains how to use them to create a round and even circle.

  • Using What You Have at Home for Training Exercises

    In this video, Tim Christensen shows us how we can use what we have at home for training exercises. He talks about and demonstrates using trees to practice circles and other things you can use that you probably have at the barn. It's a way to get your horse outside of the arena, expose him to dif...

  • Slow and Steady Wins the Race

    In this video, Tim Christensen explains why it's important to not rush your horse when working on specific maneuvers. Western dressage takes time to learn. He says slow and steady will win the race in the end.

  • Using Poles To Create Balance

    Although poles aren't used in Western dressage, Tim Christensen shows us how we can use them to help improve your horse's balance. He encourages you to be creative with their placement and get outside of the arena. He demonstrates a few of his favorite exercises you can do at home with poles.

  • Introduction to Western Dressage

    Western Dressage is one of the fastest growing disciplines in the horse indusrty and is being offered by many associations. This unique style of riding combines the traditional Western gear with the elements of traditional dressage. Multiple world champion trainer Tim Christensen introduces the d...

  • The Dressage Training Pyramid

    Learn how the dressage training pyramid can help you train and get a feel for Western dressage. Tim explains the blocks of the pyramid”rhythm, relaxation, connection, impulsion, straightness and collection.

  • Getting to Know X

    Tim Christensen introduces the letter X and explains how it is used in Western dressage. He shows how it helps break the arena up into three separate parts and where X actually is in the arena.

  • Introduction to a 20x40 Arena

    A full size dressage arena is 20 meters wide by 40 meters long. Tim explains how X, which is in the center of the arena, can help you shape and place your 10 and 20 meter circles.

  • Body Position Exercises

    Tim explains the importance of body position while riding. Then, he demonstrates a few exercises that you can practice at home.

  • Using Your Seat to Steer

    Tim explains and has his student demonstrate how you use your seat to steer your horse.

  • Exercises to Loosen Your Horse Up

    Tim demonstrates some exercises you can do to help loosen your horse's muscles up before a ride. These will help your horse warm up properly and keep him supple and limber.

  • Introduction to 20-Meter Circles

    Tim explains where in a dressage arena you will use a 20-meter circle. He shows which letters you will use to measure your circle and explains some common mistakes made when riding it.

  • Visuals of a 20-Meter Circle

    Tim shows the specific parts of a 20-meter circle and where it should be ridden during a Western dressage pattern. He gives a visual of how the circle should look and gives helpful tips to achieve this in your pattern. Tim also explains what the judges look for in a 20-meter circle.

  • Geometry of Circles

    Tim demonstrates how to correctly ride 20-meter circles tracking left at E, A and B. He explains where each circle should begin and end in order to be the correct size and shape.

  • Using Cones to Improve Circles

    You can use cones to improve the roundness of your circles. Tim explains where to place the cones and how to ride the exercise while his student demonstrates.

  • 20 Meter Circle at B or E

    Tim goes over a 20-meter circle at B or E and explains what it will look like during a Western dressage pattern. He walks through where the circles should be ridden, which letter you will start at, and the exact points of the arena that you will ride the 20-meter circle.

  • 20-Meter Circle at X

    Tim explains where a 20-meter circle will be ridden when called for in a Western dressage pattern. He demonstrates the exact points you should hit when riding the circle and explains what the circle should look like.

  • Working on Circles with an Amateur Rider

    Tim helps one of his students riding an Arabian/Trakehner cross work on 20-meter circles in a 20m x 40m arena. He uses a toy train analogy to help explain how to keep roundness in the circles.

  • Focusing on Round Circles with an Amateur

    Tim discusses some of the problems that can arise when riding circles in Western dressage. He helps one of his students troubleshoot and offers her advice on how to improve the roundness of her circles.

  • The Spiral Exercise

    Tim explains and has his students demonstrate the spiral exercise. This exercise helps create rounder circles while making your horse more flexible.

  • Introducing Your Horse to Turns

    Watch as Tim introduces and demonstrates the types of turns, including pivots, that you will see in a Western dressage test.

  • Introduction to Quarter Lines

    Tim explains and demonstrates what a quarter line is and where it is supposed to be ridden in a Western dressage test.