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Help! My Horse won't go Forward!!!

Do you struggle to get your horse to go forward? Does it sometimes feel like the more you try, the less response you get? …the more you drive, the less he goes forward?

You are NOT alone. This is one of the most frequent questions we get. And we can help.

Unfortunately many riders struggle with trying to figure out how to get their horse to go forward because they are focusing on the wrong things.

The harder you try, the harder you work, the less your horse goes forward, and it becomes a downward spiral that never brings you the results you need. You find yourself constantly searching for the next quick fix that just… never… quite… fixes it.

Without forward, you can’t do much of anything at all!

One of the most important skills you need to develop is this:

You must learn to distinguish WHY your horse is not going forward so that you can address the problem at the core root.



Rather than addressing symptoms, address the cause.

But knowing the reason your horse is not going forward is only part of the battle.

You also need to know what you can do about it!

We are going to teach you how to understand the main reasons why your horse might not be going forward and what to do about each of these.

You will learn tips and exercises you can go ride with your horse right away which will help, and we will help you develop a strategy you can use to fix this issue.

And you will learn how to do this yourself. I cannot stress this enough.

You will learn how to do this without hiring a trainer to fix the problem for you (just so it comes right back as soon as you’re on your own again), without resorting to harsher tactics that go against your values and jeopardize the harmony and relationship with your horse.


The 3 Main Roads to Piaffe

That’s right.  THREE main roads.

Did you know that there is more than one approach to train the piaffe? And did you realize that not every method works for every horse?

Sadly many people get stuck training the horse the piaffe because they either don’t have any idea how to do it, or they only know ONE way. And what happens if that ONE way does not work for this horse?

Because every horse is an individual. What works for one horse does not necessarily work for the next one in the same way. You need to have several ways to approach the issue because the more options you know, the higher your chances of success.
And that is what you want, right? Rather than struggling with a mediocre piaffe (or no piaffe at all!), you want to find the best road for you and your horse.

You want to find the best way for YOUR horse, right?



Often producing the best piaffe is about eliminating blockages in the energy of the horse. You can do this by making use of your ability to understand the way the horse’s body works together and identifying where your horse has difficulty. As with all other issues in the training, once you diagnose where/what the problem is, this gives you the clue to what the remedy is. The piaffe is no different.

We are going to teach how you can look at the path to piaffe in three different ways. These are three biomechanically-based approaches, so that you can find what your horse most needs in order to facilitate the piaffe.

You will learn:

  • how to lead the horse on a journey of discovery that diagonalising his steps into the piaffe is his idea. When the horse discovers for himself that half steps or piaffe steps are easier than walking or halting, he will happily and enthusiastically piaffe, whilst remaining calm in the process.
  • that every horse is different and not every exercise works for every horse.
  • Three different approaches to teaching the horse piaffe
  • Actual exercises you can use to train your horse to piaffe, yourself.

The 8 Different Types of Exercises you can use to train your horse

Dressage can be so confusing! There is soooo much to it, right?

But did you know that if you could look at all of this miscellaneous “stuff” systematically, you get a much clearer picture of how it all works together?

One possible way of simplifying your understanding is to group all of the dressage “stuff” that we do with the horse into different categories which serve 8 basic purposes. We have put this together so that you can get a bigger, clearer overview.

There is so much out there that just complicates and makes it all MORE confusing. Why do that to yourself?

Watch this FREE Training where we will share with you our way of breaking it all down into 8 basic categories of influence on the horse.


You will learn about:
- Exercises which test and improve the horse’s abilities and skills
- Exercises which supple the horse’s entire body
- Exercises which develop specific muscle groups
- Exercises which prepare and improve the transitions
- Exercises which prepare and improve specific dressage movements
- Exercises which improve the horse’s body awareness and coordination
- Exercises which “explain” to the horse and improve his responsiveness
- Exercises which connect the horse to the aids and the ground.

We break it down and provide actual examples. This will change the way you look at everything you do with the horse. You do NOT want to miss this.




Using Biomechanics to Train your Horse

Biomechanics is the science that is concerned with analyzing how and why our and the horses’ bodies move in the way that they do.

Did you know that every single exercise, movement, and transition you ride has a biomechanical effect on the horse’s body? In other words, they sculpt and affect the mechanical function of the
horse’s muscles, connective tissues, cartilage, skin, nerves, joints, bones, and even internal organs.

    Join us for this Facebook Live where we will teach you how you can better understand horse biomechanics and how you can implement this knowledge into your riding immediately. We will have a free PDF for you with an overview “cheat sheet” which will help you make sense of all the different biomechanics effects of each exercise, aid, and movement.

    When? Tuesday, September 26 - 7:00pm CEST (time conversions are below... scroll down)

    Where? On the Ritter Dressage Facebook Page:




    By understanding these principles:

    • You can preserve your horse’s soundness
    • You can better rehabilitate a marginally sound or unsound horse
    • You can target exactly the muscle groups that will help your horse where he needs help the most
    • You can design and customize your own exercises and combinations of movements that will serve your horse’s specific individual needs for where he is at any individual moment
    • You can develop a closer relationship with your horse because you learn how to communicate more clearly with your horse and how to understand his problems and in a way that enables you to help him.
    • You can clear a path through all the confusion and inaccuracies often taught in the horse world
    • You can differentiate between the actual biomechanical effect on the horse and what it is “supposed” to do.
    • You have a more accurate lens through which to look at every training technique in order to make better decisions which are more in line with your personal ethics and philosophies for how to train your horse. You can learn to develop the horse more efficiently so that you are not riding in a way that is counterproductive to your goals.

    Time Conversions for where YOU live:
    UK = -1 hour
    USA EST = -6 hours
    USA PST = -9 hours
    South Africa = same timezone
    Western Australia = +6 hours
    Eastern Australia = +8 hours
    New Zealand = +10 hours