Episode 133: Collection: Western vs Dressage

How is collection the same…or different between the western world of reining vs dressage? How does relaxation fit in? What changes with the head low? What happens with the horse behind vertical? How does a horses build and the movement being ridden influence these things?
In this podcast I answer these questions and discuss what I have learned by riding the same horse in both disciplines.

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  1. Leather Halters on June 11, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Enjoyed this podcast. It is very helpful for many peoples who like to train their horses.

  2. Laurie on June 2, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    I really enjoyed this podcast. I do get confused at the variety of opinions about the training of our horses. It especially struck a cord with me when you talked about a horse being too soft and how some say you can’t have a horse too soft. My mare is in that category. I’m still struggling with getting her to zero on the teeter totter. I would be very interested in the group class that you talked about where you view and critique our videos. Thank you for doing these podcasts and all the other training that you provide. I just got your book “Smart Start” and am loving it. It’s cleared up a few questions that I had about some things. Again thank you!

    • Stacy Westfall on June 23, 2021 at 6:51 am

      I just posted links to the classes on the homepage of this website😀

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