Gwyneth McPherson

Gwyneth McPherson

Training in the Right Way: The Process vs The End Goal

This week’s article discusses the significant difference between the end goal and the process of getting there. Although they obviously are inextricably linked, it’s important to understand that they often look very different.

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Training in the Right Way: What to Look for in a Dressage Horse, Part 4 — Exercises for the Imperfect Horse

This final installment of the four-part series on choosing a dressage horse takes a closer look at how

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Training in the Right Way: What to Look for in a Dressage Horse, Part 3 — Movement

Today’s  article takes a closer look at movement. In order to choose a horse for dressage, or evaluate

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Training in the Right Way: What to Look for in a Dressage Horse, Part 2

This is the second of a three-part series that explores what to look for when selecting a dressage

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Training in the Right Way: What to Look for in a Dressage Horse, Part 1

This is the first of a three-part series that explores what to look for when selecting a dressage

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Training in the Right Way: Different TYPES of Equestrian Professionals

This week’s article discusses different types of equestrian dressage professionals and what they may be able to offer

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Training in the Right Way: Let’s Talk about the Correct (and Incorrect) use of Equipment

The focus of this week’s article is to shed some light on some commonly used — and almost

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Training in the Right Way: The Components of an Effective Warmup

 This week’s article discusses the purpose and parts of an effective warmup routine as well as some of

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Training in the Right Way: Let’s Talk About Balance

“[C]ollection creates better balance while performing harder tasks, which then also creates greater cooperation from the horse due

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Training in the Right Way: 12 Dressage Exercises and Their Training Purposes

“What almost everyone has forgotten, or may have never learned, is that dressage is a training system, based

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Training in the Right Way: Road to the Grand Prix — Milestones for Age and Level

A student asked for a timeline for the development of the Grand Prix horse. While there are all

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Training in the Right Way: Habits

Since this is the season of New Year’s resolutions, it seems to be a good time to talk

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Training in the Right Way: Classical vs Competition Dressage

This week’s article begins to look at the differences, and very important similarities, between classical and competition dressage.

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Training in the Right Way: Evaluating Canter Photos

This week’s article continues the discussion on what you can see in a still photo, specifically evaluating canter

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Training in the Right Way: A Picture Is Worth a 1000 Words…

This week’s article discusses what you can see in a still photo and explores how to begin sorting

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Training in the Right Way: Dressage Terminology and Why it is Important

This week’s article discusses dressage terminology and why it is an integral part of learning and training in

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Training in the Right Way: Finding a Knowledgeable Teacher

This week’s article was born of the recent discussion regarding the education problem in our sport and looks

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Training in the Right Way: There’s a Problem in Competitive Dressage

This week’s editorial is a follow up to my previous article discussing the proliferation of the consumption of

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Training in the Right Way: Talent vs. Training — What’s Happening to Dressage in the US?

It was my intention to discuss how the training scale relates to Second through Fourth Level in this

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Training in the Right Way: The Training Scale as Seen Through the USEF Levels – Part I

This week’s article takes the importance of the training scale and looks at how the training scale aligns

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Training in the Right Way: The Training Scale, Part II

The last article discussed the importance of the three base layers of the training scale. This article builds

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Training in the Right Way: Let’s Talk About the Training Scale

The training scale is a method with which to order your thoughts within the training process. It is

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Training in the Right Way: How Can You Tell When the Training Is Being Done Effectively?

“In the right way is intentionally separate from the meaning of more concrete words like talented, perfect, and

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Training in the Right Way: What is Dressage and Why Do We Do it?

“Whenever you see a rider and horse in harmony and balance, performing their jobs fluidly and enthusiastically, you

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