Whips: Friend or Foe?

“I don’t want to use a whip” is a phrase often heard by new riders who embrace our philosophy. As much as it can be frustrating as an instructor to have to repeat yourself about your teaching methods, I greatly appreciate the rider who can approach me with a question of “why?” What I hear…

The Bitless Dressage Debate

There is a petition circulating the net, requesting the option to allow bitless dressage at a competitive level. Bitless riding is not a new concept and it can be seen in many different riding circles and disciplines. The old masters frequently started their horses in cavessons instead of bits. The thinking behind this was to…