Western Dressage

Western Dressage

Western dressage gives Western riders who've been interested in the traditional sport of dressage--where horse and rider are judged individually and work their way gradually through well-defined levels--a way to try it out without changing gear. Learn what maneuvers are important, what the tests entail, what kind of horse can flourish in Western dressage, and more!

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Western Dressage
  • Run-Through of an Intro Level

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

  • Run-Through of a Basic Level Test

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

  • Body Position Exercises

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

  • Riding a Gaited Horse in the Western Dressage

    Tim Christensen 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.

  • Practicing the Center Line Halt with a Gaited Horse

    Tim has two non pro riders work on their halts. Then, he has them practice an exercise to improve the precision of their halts.

  • Suppleness Exercise With Non Pros

    In Western dressage, your halt is one of the most important maneuvers. 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.

  • Learn to Improve Their Halt

    Tim talks about how he teaches a horse their leads and demonstrates what the process looks like.

  • Teaching a Horse Their Leads

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

  • Improving Transitions

    Tim shows us some exercises we can do to improve our free walk. This is one of the most important elements of a Wesern dressage test, and can be one of the most difficult for a horse to learn.

  • Exercises to Improve the Free Walk

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

  • Slow and Steady Wins the Race

    Tim walks us through teaching a horse to 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 to Turn on the Forehand

    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.

  • Teaching a Horse to Turn on the Haunches

    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.

  • Introducing Your Horse to Moving Off Your Leg

    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.

  • Using What You Have at Home for Training Exercises

    Similar to using logs for balance, Tim 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 pretty and even circle.

  • Using Logs to Improve Circles

    Although logs aren't used in Western dressage, Tim shows us how we can use them to help improve your horse's balance. He demonstrates a few different tricks you can do at home with poles or logs.

  • Using Logs to Create Balance

    There are many different breeds of horses that compete in the Western dressage. Tim demonstrates the different gaits that you will see in a test on a Half Arabian half Trakehner horse.

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

    In this video, Tim shows us a trick for lengthening your horse's stride at the lope. This will help you improve your lengthened lope and the connection you have with your horse.

  • A Trick for Lengthening Strides at the Lope

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

  • Using Half Halts for Connection

    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.

  • Talking Through Lengthening 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 diagnol line. Tim gives you tips to make your transitions as smooth as possible.

  • Exercise to Lengthen Strides

    Tim demonstrates going from a regular jog and trot to an extended. In an extended trot or jog, the judge is looking for a clear change in gate with a noticable difference when you come back to the regular trot or jog.

  • The Lengthened Jog and Trot

    The working lope is a forward moving lope with nice contact. Next is the lenghtened lope where you want your horse lengthen his stride while keeping the same mouth contact.

  • The Working Lope

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