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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
Dr. Thomas Ritter studied in Germany with Egon von Neindorff and Dorothee and Thomas Faltejsek of the famous Classical Riding School, Reitinstitut Egon von Neindorff. Since arriving in the USA, Dr. Ritter has studied extensively with several riders of the Spanish Riding School. He competes through FEI and teaches clinics throughout the U.S. and in Europe. He is a prolific author and his articles have appeared in many publications throughout the world.

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At 4:23pm on November 4, 2009, Maria C said…
Hi Thomas, I have enjoyed the the discussions on your Classical Dressage list for nearly ten years. Your thoughtful and informed posts and the valuable information on your website are always enlightening. I am delighted to see you have joined the Barnmice community. Maria
At 12:05pm on November 4, 2009, Jackie Cochran said…
Thank you for your excellent blog. Welcome to Barnmice.

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Thomas Ritter: On The Bit 4.0

On the Bit 4.0

©Thomas Ritter 2009

Paul Plinzner is best known today for finishing and publishing the notes of his teacher, Gustav Steinbrecht, under the title “The Gymnasium of the Horse”. He was also the écuyer to the last German emperor, William II. Plinzner rode with Steinbrecht in 1877 and 1878, and subsequently made Steinbrecht’s lessons into his own system of gymnastic training. I find a lot of valid and intelligent explanations in Plinzner’s own publications, although he… Continue

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Thomas Ritter: On the Bit 3.0

On the Bit 3.0

©Thomas Ritter 2009

After discussing a couple of paragraphs from Gustav Steinbrecht’s “Gymnasium of the Horse”, I would like to share a very interesting account of his own personal riding. It’s very rare to find eyewitness reports on the way the old masters rode. We usually only have their books, but no way of finding out how they actually rode themselves. We are lucky that Paul Plinzner wrote a brief characterization of Steinbrecht’s riding in a short homage to… Continue

Posted on December 18, 2009 at 9:00am

Thomas Ritter: On The Bit 2.0

On the Bit 2.0

©Thomas Ritter 2009

Gustav Steinbrecht (1884):

“The steadiness of the neck, that is, the secure connection of the individual cervical vertebrae with one another and their correct position relative to one another can be ensured only by unweakened and well developed thrust. The flexibility of the neck, however, can be ensured only by the carrying capacity of the hindquarters. Forehand and hindquarters can therefore be worked only alternatingly against one… Continue

Posted on December 4, 2009 at 9:46am

Thomas Ritter: On the Bit 1.0

On the Bit 1.0

©Thomas Ritter 2009

I want to explore the notion of riding the horse “on the bit” in the next few entries. It is something that most riders struggle with for a long time. It is something that is considered to be of central importance in dressage. Yet, it is not as well defined as one should think. Opinions on what being on the bit is or looks like diverge. A posture that is considered to be on the bit by rider A may be considered to be above the bit by rider B.… Continue

Posted on November 27, 2009 at 8:30am — 1 Comment


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