How To Choose the Right Exercise?

You know that one of the most important tools you can use to develop and train your horse is to ride exercises, but how do you know how to choose the right exercise for you and YOUR horse? The one that will help right NOW.  In this free PDF you will learn how you can begin using exercises in your riding, and how you can select which exercises are best suited for your horse's needs. With real examples and exercises you can try right away.

The What, The Why, And the How of Training

You want to learn how training works, but where do you learn the What, the Why, and the How?  We have a special 6-Week Pop-Up Facebook Group where you can participate in free LIVE trainings within the group, and get all your questions answered about our upcoming "What, Why, How" online course (starts October 2017) and "Exercise of the Month" membership site (starts November 2017). Join us. Totally free.                   

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.