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Painting of Maestoso II Catrina ridden by Shana Ritter. Painting by Janey Belozer.




Dr. Thomas Ritter demonstrates the Levade in Hand with the Lipizzan Stallion, Maestoso II Catrina. November 2008. Photo by Shana Ritter.




Dr. Thomas Ritter demonstrates the Piaffe in Hand with the Lipizzan Mare, Electa. November 2008. Photo by Shana Ritter.




Dr. Thomas Ritter and the Lipizzan Stallion, Pluto Ambrosia III, in the canter at the longrein. October 2008. Photo by Shana Ritter.

Dressage Articles

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ARTICLES - IN ENGLISH: English

  • The Training Scale
    - by Thomas Ritter; ©2009
    Appeared in Toplink Ink Magazine ©2009


    August 2008 Dressage Today

  • Supple the Horse with Flexions
    - by Dr. Thomas Ritter; © April 2008
    Appeared in Dressage Today Magazine August ©2008



  • The Life of William Cavendish First Duke of Newcastle
    - by Michael Stevens; © Aril 2008

  • Volte Exercise: Improving the Lateral Bend
    - by Thomas Ritter; ©2008
    Appeared in Toplink Ink Magazine ©2008
  • Classical Dressage in Competition - by Thomas Ritter; ©2008
    Appeared in Toplink Ink Magazine ©2008
  • Feel: Teaching and Learning to Feel - by Thomas Ritter; ©2008
    Appeared in Toplink Ink Magazine ©2008
  • A Brief Outline of the History of Dressage: Xenophon to Antoine de Pluvinel - by Thomas Ritter; ©2008
    Appeared in Toplink Ink Magazine ©2008
  • Longeing - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
    Appeared in Toplink Ink Magazine ©2007
  • Gentleness and Discipline - by Thomas Ritter; ©2000
  • The Co-Operative Principle - by Thomas Ritter; ©2000
  • Hara - by Thomas Ritter; ©2000
  • Connection - by Thomas Ritter; ©2000
  • When Things Go Wrong - by Thomas Ritter; ©2000
  • The Circle of Learning - by Thomas Ritter; ©2000
  • Goals and Mindfulness - by Thomas Ritter; ©2000
  • The Horse is Your Mirror - by Shana Ritter; ©2000
  • Stuckness (ZQ #1) - by Shana Ritter; ©2000
  • The Way of Aikido (ZQ #2) - by Shana Ritter; ©2000
  • Shunryu Suzuki (ZQ #3) - by Shana Ritter; ©2000
  • Mindweeds (ZQ #4) - by Shana Ritter; ©2000
  • Breathing (ZQ #5) - by Shana Ritter; ©2000
  • The Marrow of Zen (ZQ #6) - by Shana Ritter; ©2000
  • Food For Thought - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
  • Philosophical Guidelines for Classical Dressage - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
  • Lateral Movements: A General Introduction - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
    Previously published ©2005 in Horse of Kings Magazine
  • Dressage Movements: Leg Yield, Turn on the Forehand, Full Pass - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
    Previously published ©2005 in Horse of Kings Magazine
  • Bending and Turning: Riding Correct Corners, Circles, Voltes, and Serpentines - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
  • Impulsion: Thrust, Energy level, Impulsion - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
  • Lightness - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
  • Contact: Rein Contact, Connection - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
  • Suppleness: Lateral Bend, Longitudinal Flexion, Elevation, and Permeability - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
  • Straightness: A Tale of Two Horses - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
  • Resistance - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
  • Causes of Resistances - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
  • Bred For Dressage Since 1580 The Lipizzan - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
    Appeared in Toplink Ink Magazine ©2007
  • Baroque Horses in Dressage: A Resurgence in Interest - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
    Previously Published ©2002
  • Losgelassenheit: Calmness, Relaxation, Suppleness - by Thomas Ritter; ©2007
  • Dressur Pervers - by Thomas Ritter; ©2005
    Appeared in Horses Incorporated Magazine
  • The Thinking Rider - by Thomas Ritter; ©2006
    Appeared in Dressage Today Magazine
  • How Quiet Should the Seat be at the Walk? - by Thomas Ritter; ©2006
    Appeared in Dressage Today Magazine
  • Foundations and Goals of Training - by Thomas Ritter; ©2006
  • Importance of Riding in Groups - by Thomas Ritter; ©2006
  • Dressage Movements: A Means to an End - by Thomas Ritter; ©2006
  • The Half Halt: English Version - by Thomas Ritter; ©2005
    (In German: Die halbe Parade)
  • The Tao of Horsemanship - Chapter One - by Thomas Ritter; ©2005
  • Balance - by Thomas Ritter; ©2005
  • The Balanced Seat - by Thomas Ritter; ©2005
  • Timing & Coordination of the Aids (English Version) - by Thomas Ritter; ©2005
    (In German: Die Zeitpunkte der Hilfengebung)
  • Circle of the Aids(English Version) - by Thomas Ritter; ©2005
    (In German: Kreislauf der Hilfen)
  • Regularity: Rhythm, Tempo, Stride Length, Energy Level - by Thomas Ritter; ©2005
  • Releases - by Thomas Ritter; ©2005rev.
  • Directives of the Spanish Riding School - translation by Thomas Ritter; ©2001
  • Recommended Reading List - by Thomas Ritter; ©2001rev
  • Classical Dressage is Accessible to All - by Thomas Ritter; ©2000
  • Good Rides and Bad Rides - by Thomas and Shana Ritter; ©2000
  • Dancing with the Sucked Back Horse - by Thomas Ritter; ©1999
  • Riding Hurts - by Thomas Ritter; ©1999


    ARTICLES IN GERMAN/DEUTSCH Deutsch

  • Die Zeitpunkte der Hilfengebung (German/Deutsch Version) - by Thomas Ritter; ©2005
    (In English: Timing and Coordination of the Aids)
  • Kreislauf der Hilfen (German/Deutsch Version) - by Thomas Ritter; ©2005
    (In English: Circle of the Aids)
  • Die halbe Parade (German/Deutsch Version)
    - by Thomas Ritter; ©2005
    (In English: The Half-Halt)






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