Riding Your First Western Dressage Test

How to Practice the Figures for Show Day Success by Michelle Binder-Zolezzi   Once you have established a venue for western dressage in your area it is time to start practicing the figures.  At a recent cowboy dressage event, Eitan Beth-Halachmy said to me, “Without figures there is no training.” …

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Getting Started in Western Dressage

How to Begin Your Journey by Michelle Binder-Zolezzi       Every day I field calls from people wanting to know more about Western Dressage.  What is it?  How do I find out more about it?  Can anyone do it?  Is it hard?  Who teaches western dressage?  Are there shows?  …

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Western Dressage—Why Do It?

What Dressage Offers the Western Horse by Michelle Binder-Zolezzi       Last month I tried to define western dressage. Once there is a working definition, we can then ask the question, “why do it?” I asked members in different organizations why they couldn’t just buy a dressage saddle and ride …

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What is Western Dressage?

Answering Questions about a New Discipline by Michelle Binder, Relational Riding Academy   Just what is “western dressage?” This developing discipline is very exciting to many riders, trainers, breeders and exhibitors, who choose horses of all breeds as partners, and who, for various reasons, prefer to sit in stock type saddles. Good …

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