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I am a dressage competitor, coach, instructor, clinician, speaker and author.

I have been a member of the United States Equestrian Team and have competed for the US in Canada, Holland, Belgium, France and Germany. I was the reserve rider for the Bronze medal winning Olympic dressage team in Barcelona, Spain and have won nine Horse of the Year awards and three National Freestyle Championships.

I was the 1996 and 2004 Olympic dressage coach for the Canadian 3-Day Event Team in Atlanta and Athens. I also coached several top dressage and 3- Day Event riders in their preparations for the 2000 Olympics and while in Sydney I helped rider Susan Blinks secure a bronze medal for the US dressage team.

I have produced numerous CDs and DVDs and have written five books that have been published both in the US and abroad. My sports psychology book That Winning Feeling! is in its ninth printing and has been translated into several languages.

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How to Supple Your Dressage Horse's Shoulders

Do you ever feel like your dressage horse's shoulders are so stiff and stuck that not only is it hard to turn him, but his hindquarters are disconnected from his front end?

If your horse’s shoulders are stuck, it’s like having a kink in a water hose. The energy can’t flow from behind, over the back, into your…


Posted on December 31, 2010 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Are you making these mistakes when your dressage horse shies?

I've dealt with a lot of spooky dressage horses, and I find that often shying gets worse because riders do one or all of the following things.

1. Hit or kick him to make him obedient.

2. Make him walk straight up to scary object and face it straight on.

3. Forget to go around your ring in both directions.

4. Force him to go close to the scary object.

5. Patting and soothing him while he’s shying.

Let's understand the nature of…


Posted on December 11, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

How to Eliminate Resistance in the Leg Yield

Hi Guys,

People often tell me that their horses leg yield very well as far as going sideways is concerned, but they tend to toss their heads and show resistance to the reins. In desperation, some riders even use a tie down to put pressure on the nose to discourage their horses from yanking at the reins.

If your horse finds it fairly easy to cross his legs and move sideways with his body, yet he's tossing his head during leg yields, it sounds like he's objecting to your…


Posted on November 26, 2010 at 10:00am

Introducing New Work: Part Two

Last week, I started this series to help you decide how and when to introduce new work. That blog focused on Training and First Levels. What follows is Part 2 of that series.

Let's say your horse is solid at first level. Look ahead to the Second Level movements. Check out the dressage tests. You'll see that you need to work on shoulder-in, haunches-in, renvers, simple changes of lead, reinback and turns on the haunches.

You'll also notice that the big…


Posted on November 12, 2010 at 2:30pm

Introducing New Work: Part One

Riders often ask me, "How do I know it's the right time to start training something a bit harder?"

This is a big topic so I'm going to cover it over two blogs. In this blog, I'll give you a way to come up with a logical plan for introducing new work at Training Level. Next week, I'll show you to plan to move up to Second and Third Level. I'll also show you how you can use feedback from competition to help you decide whether or not you're ready to move up.

First, I…


Posted on October 29, 2010 at 3:30pm

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At 7:10pm on March 27, 2010, Diana said…
Hello - I found your blog on counter flexing at the canter interesting. At what stage in a horse's training would you recommend introducing or using the counter flexing and when would you not use it for a horse?
At 9:57pm on March 18, 2010, Amber gave Jane Savoie a gift
Since nobody has sent you a gift yet, I thought it would be nice if I sent you one.. so what would be more suitable that a pony for you and Moshi and Indy!! Enjoy!! :)
At 7:25am on January 11, 2010, CAROLYN JENKINSON said…
Hi Jane, thought i;d pop by and say hello, this is a great place too isnt it ? loads of resources - being sick and not being able to ride means you get to explore places you dont usually get to! - you ready for that reunion?
At 7:36pm on November 12, 2009, Karen Murphy said…
Hi Jane - I have your Freedom from Fear tapes and they are just awesome! My worst fear was what might happen on a trail ride. I've used several of your techniques and today we went out on a hack with no prep work. My horse (5 year old QH gelding) and I led (which I never liked to do) and he was great. I knew he would be but I had to get my self relaxed enough to let him be as good as he can be!! Thanks so much!
At 3:47pm on October 11, 2009, Frankie & the Equicizer said…
Jane, this program is awesome! Thank you!

Click for Jane Savoie's FreedomFromFearNow.com
At 10:55pm on August 29, 2009, Marti Langley said…
The Valium Exercise, sounds like just what I need.
At 11:18pm on August 28, 2009, Marti Langley said…
Hi, Jane! How have you been? What is the best way to calm down my new 7 yr old mare? She is a rescue, a friend gave her to me. She is afraid if two or more men approach her, but is fine with one. She is usually calm, but once she is hyped up she is unreachable and unteachable for hours. She can run circles around a huge arena forever and still not be tired or worn out. She is a pale grey/white registered Pinto half-Arab. My grandkids can ride her bareback in my paddock without incident. It is when she is somewhere besides home she sometimes gets worried. She is very gentle, smart and beautiful. But like some Arabs , once she gets hyped up,it is whoa, babeeee!! Any advice on how I should work with her to help her? I have had her for 2 weeks. I plan to keep her forever and maybe do endurance with her in the future. She is 7 years old. Thanks, Jane!
At 12:39pm on June 27, 2009, Kathy said…
Hi Jane,

Just wanted to thank you for your work at the Osgoode clinic - I was there auditing and managed to take a whole notebook of notes! Better than that, your suppling exercises are FANTASTIC and have changed my entire way of riding. Would you believe that now I can even "feel" where there's resistance - at the poll, neck, shoulder, withers OR hip? Although I always "knew" about these things, I now can feel them and better yet, have concrete techniques to work through them. It's completely changed my horses - physically and mentally - and that was just from AUDITING! Many many thanks!
At 12:18pm on June 15, 2009, Heather Sansom at Equifitt.com said…
Hi Jane,

Thank you for the weblink. I've been looking on your links page to see where it is and can't seem to find it. I usually represent the company name as: Equifitt.com Equestrian Fitness. I could send a logo if that were needed. Sincerely, Heather Sansom

ps. Dressage Today liked the piece with Ruth and the Equicizer, but I don't know when they will publish. I'll keep you both informed.
At 9:45am on June 14, 2009, Global Horse Source said…
Woops........ Well even better!!! Because I am not the biggest reader in the world, hahaha!
Thank you very much, I will definatelly have a look at it!


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