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!
Mastering a nice forward, working jog is key to a good Western dressage test. Western dressage trainer Tim Christensen demonstrates a correct working jog on his Appendix mare and shares his tips for creating a good jog.
Mastering a nice forward, four-beat walk is key to a good Western dressage test. Western dressage trainer Tim Christensen demonstrates a correct walk on his Appendix mare and shares his tips for greating a great walk.
Western dressage trainer Tim Christensen 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 off both the right and left sides.
Western dressage trainer Tim Christensen explains the importance of transitions in a dressage test. He walks you through the basics of transitions and demonstrates riding a correct downward transition.
The rhythm and cadence of every footfall is important in dressage. Tim Christensen explains the origin of dressage and why you need to pay attention to your horse's footfall in Western dressage lower-level gaits and maneuvers.
In this video, Tim demonstrates the left/right drill that he had his non pro riders do in the last video. 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.
Tim Christensen has his students demonstrate the left/right drill. He helps them work through the exercise, focusing on round circles, switching the bend, and helping the students support their horse's outside shoulder.
Tim Christensen discusses some of the problems that can arise when riding circles in the Western dressage. He helps one of his students troubleshoot and offers her advice on how to improve the roundness of her circles.
Tim Christensen helps one of his students riding an Arabian/Trakehner cross work on 20 meter circles in to 20x40 arena. He uses the toy train analogy to help explain how to keep roundness in the circles.
Learn how the dressage pyramid can help you train and get a feel for Western dressage. Tim Christensen explains the blocks of the pyramid—rhythm, relaxation, connection, impulsion, straightness, and collection.
Tim Christensen explains where a 20 meter circle will be ridden when called for in a Western dressage pattern. He demonstrates the exact points you should hit when riding the circle and explains what the circle should look like.