Gwyneth McPherson

Gwyneth McPherson

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 horse. Today’s article focuses on the conformation that lends itself to a successful dressage horse.

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Gwyneth McPherson

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 horse. Today’s article focuses on the three parts needed for a successful dressage horse: temperament, conformation, and movement.

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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

┬áThis 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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