Free Tips, Exericises, & Strategies Video Series

The process of learning dressage can be confusing, contradictory, and frustrating. In this Video Series you will learn how to view the process without the confusion and contradictions. We will share with you the approach which has helped many riders, just like you. You will learn to make sense of theprocess, learn how to understand your horse better, and navigate the process of learning to train your horse yourself.

What, Why, How Pop-Up Facebook Group

Join us. Totally free.   You want to learn how training works, but where do you learn the What, the Why, and the How?  This is your chance to get access to special free LIVE trainings, get feedback from us, and hear all about our upcoming course and membership site.  BUT..... this group is only open until November 10th and then we shut it down because we will be putting all of our time and attention on teaching our courses.                 

Learn How to Begin to Use Exercises

You want to begin using exercises in your riding, but you don't know where to begin? We've got you covered. This 5-Day Challenge is designed to help you get over the overwhelm and confusion about exactly how to start implementing exercises in your riding. In this free 5-Day Training you will learn one exercise with five variations, one for each day. You will learn how to ride them and what they can do for your horse. Totally FREE.

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A way of training horses which honors the horse’s mind, body, and spirit equally. A way of viewing our relationship with the horse which honors the horse as a partner in the process.

A way of learning which allows you, the student to be in charge of your own learning and the hands-on training of your own horse. A way that empowers YOU as the one who “holds the reins” (figuratively and literally!!). A way of learning to ride which empowers you, the rider, with the tools to understand the why, the what, and the how.

A way of approaching dressage training which honors your unique authentic vision and choice of expression. An approach that gives you the tools you need in a way that is straight-forward and reliable. So that you can build upon that framework of tools and express what it is that dressage means to you through your work with your horse.


An Artistic Approach

The artistic approach towards dressage is an optimistic way of looking at the training of the horse. It chooses to focus on the positive rather than the negative, and cultivate that good, then develop it, so that it builds upon itself.

Building upon that essential goodness within the horse, we connect to the horse compassionately and approach everything we do with the horse with empathy for the horse as a living, sentient being whose soul and intentions are inherently good. As a being who plays a vital role in his training through his willingness, cooperation, and sincerity.

By viewing the horse and our relationship with the horse in this light, our interactions are completely transformed because they come from a completely and radically altered perspective. One which doesn’t treat the horse as an object to be manipulated but as a partner with whom to collaborate.

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About Us

Hello! We are Shana and Thomas Ritter.

We live in Germany where we work with riders of all skill levels, all disciplines, and all types of horses. We have taught throughout USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, and Switzerland. We have published two books on dressage, one based on biomechanics and the other about the work on the longrein. Our next soon-to-be released book is a systematic   process to train the Flying Changes. And now we teach online courses empowering everyday riders like YOU to train your horse - yourself. We give you the tools to understand the what, the why, and the how.