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
  • The Left Right Warm-up

    Tim demonstrates the left/right 10-meter circle exercise. He shows you exactly what the circles are supposed to look like, and explains why this is a great drill for warming up your horse.

  • Learning the Basics of Loops

    Tim explains the basics of loops. He demonstrates some of the loops you may see in the Intro tests and discusses how knowing the geometry of the ring can help you ride them correctly.

  • Demonstrating Serpentines on the Quarter Line

    Tim demonstrates riding serpentines between the quarter lines. He explains where to turn, where to switch the bend and other points to keep in mind while riding the serpentine.

  • Demonstrating Serpentines

    Typically, a serpentine is three equal loops ridden the width of the arena. Tim explains and demonstrates several correctly ridden serpentines, noting where he turns for each.

  • An Introduction to Transitions

    Tim explains the importance of transitions in a dressage test. He walks you through the basics of transitions and demonstrates riding a correct downward transition.

  • Improving Transitions

    Tim goes over what a smooth transition should look like in Western dressage. Then, he goes over some ways that you can improve your horse's transitions to have better control and help boost your score.

  • Talking Through Lengthening Strides

    Tim talks us through his every move when asking for a lengthened stride. He explains what he is asking for, how he is asking and why he is asking.

  • Exercises to Lengthen Strides

    In this video, Tim gives you some exercises that you can do at home to lengthen your horse's stride. Lenghtening of the trot will be in the Level 1 tests and usually take place on the diagonal line. Tim gives you tips to make your transitions as smooth as possible.

  • Lengthening Strides at the Lope

    Tim explains and demonstrates lengthening the horse's stride at the lope. With practice, this will help you improve your lengthened lope and the connection you have with your horse.

  • Teaching a Horse Their Leads

    Tim talks about how he teaches a horse how to pick up the correct lead in the lope and demonstrates what the process looks like.

  • Introducing Your Horse to Moving Off Your Leg

    In this video, Tim explains what it means to have your horse move off your leg. He demonstrates this maneuver and tells you why it's an important tool to have.

  • Teaching a Horse Turn on the Forehand

    Tim walks us through teaching a horse to do a turn on the forehand. He shows us what it should look like and some struggles you might run into while teaching the maneuver.

  • Teaching a Horse Turn on the Haunches

    Tim walks us through teaching a horse to turn on the haunches. He shows us what it should look like and some struggles you might run into while teaching the maneuver.

  • Lateral Movements

    Tim demonstrates the lateral movement necessary for the Level 1 Western dressage test. He explains what to do if your horse looses forward momentum and shows lateral movement, leg yielding, off both the right and left sides.

  • Learn to Improve Your Halt

    In Western dressage, your halt is one of the most important movements. Tim demonstrates what a proper halt should look like and what the judges want to see from your horse. Then, he gives you tips for improving your horse's halt.

  • Using Half Halts for Connection

    Tim demonstrates how you can use half halts to get a better connection through your reins. He explains why this is beneficial for Western dressage as well as many other disciplines.

  • Practicing the Center Line Halt with a Gaited Horse

    Tim practices going down the center line of a Western dressage arena with a gaited horse. He explains what the judges look for when you are going down the center line and goes over how gaited horses are judged.

  • Western Dressage Walk

    Mastering a nice forward, four-beat walk is key to a good Western dressage test. Tim demonstrates a correct walk on his Appendix Quarter Horse mare and shares his tips for creating a great walk.

  • Western Dressage Working Jog

    Mastering a nice forward, working jog is key to a good Western dressage test. Tim demonstrates a correct working jog on his Appendix Quarter Horse mare and shares his tips for creating a good jog.

  • Western Dressage Free Trot

    The free trot or "stretchy circle" is part of the basic and level 1 Western dressage tests. Tim demonstrates how to ride the free trot correctly and what to work on while you're practicing.

  • Western Dressage Working Lope

    The working lope is a forward moving lope with nice contact. Next is the lengthened lope where you want your horse lengthen his stride while keeping the same contact. Tim demonstrates both on his Appendix Quarter Horse mare.

  • Western Dressage Lengthened Jog and Trot

    Tim demonstrates going from a working jog/trot to a lengthened jog. In a lengthened trot or jog, the judge is looking for a clear change in gait with a noticable difference when you come back to the working trot or jog.

  • A Demonstration of the Gaits with a Half Arabian/Half Trakehner

    There are many different breeds of horses that compete in Western dressage. Tim demonstrates the different gaits, walk, working jog, working lope, etc., that you will see in a test on a Half-Arabian/Half-Trakehner horse.

  • Riding a Gaited Horse in the Western Dressage

    Tim demonstrates Western dressage with a gaited horse. He explains how gaited horses can compete in Western dressage and what the judges look for.