Anna Blake's Blog – June 2011 Archive (4)

Same Old Dressage, Brand New Eyes.

Seeing Dressage with a New Eye.

I have been preparing for a clinic this weekend at Infinity Farm. It’s the my favorite clinic every year: Fundamentals of Dressage. One of my clients asked if it was going to be the same as last year. (Eye roll -is this a trick question?)

Nope, the fundamentals of dressage have not changed in the last year, or the last century for that matter. Dressage is the art of riding with balance…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 24, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me!

Namaste is a Sanskrit word -which means it’s very old.  Most translate it to some version of “The spirit in me…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 17, 2011 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Dressage: A Relaxed and Forward Ride.

The foundation of Dressage for the rider/horse is rhythm. I define that as a balanced combination of relaxation and forward. It sounds deceptively simple.

A rider/horse can not sacrifice forward for relaxation, or relaxation for forward. The art of riding is in negotiating the balance of the two in both the rider and the horse. Forward must be consistent; sometimes the rider relaxes…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 10, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Equine Gastric Ulcers… and Sage.

I’ll call her Sage.

Sage was a thoroughbred mare with classic elegance. A solid bay with a long neck and pointy withers. She was very feminine, not too tall, but she was proud.

That’s who she was born to be -but what she looked like was very…

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Added by Anna Blake on June 3, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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