DRESSAGE ARENA GEOMETRY & TERMS
Simple, short handout that covers the fundamental terms, arena figure, and 'map' of a dressage arena.
International Society of Rider Biomechanics
Another excellent resource with online 'library' of videos. I have had a membership with this resource and it was worth the money. Similar to Dressage Training TV but things are explained in a different way.
CHA Youtube Channel
Great resource of videos that cover safety tips, teaching tips, explanation of riding skills, etc.
Lessons in TR
This website has tons of blog posts that relate to adaptive (therapeutic) riding as well as a link to their book "Lessons in TR"
Dressage Training TV is a wonderful resource for horse and rider biomechanics. Several free blog posts and videos on this interesting topic.
There is a paid membership that is well worth the money to view the courses and extra videos.
@MasterDressage & @DressageTrainingTV
Riding/Horse Themed Book Recommendations
Top Picks for Arena Props
I have trialed this bridle on three of my own horses and love the versatility!
Yes...It is a little pricey but worth the investment. When you add up what you would spend on multiple headstalls to meet everything this bridle can do it's very comparable (and you save on clutter in the tackroom)
It can easily go between a bited bridle, bitless bridle, and lungeing caveson.
Out of the bittless bridles I have used, this has been the easiest to ride in when asking my horses for contact, collection, and engagement...something that was difficult to achieve with other brands.
Reinbow Stirrup System
This stirrup system makes adjustment super simple. It also makes stirrup adjustment a skill that can be more easily incorporated into traditional or adaptive equine activities to facilitate independence.
I personally own two sets of these (a child and adult size) and love them!)
Freedom Rider Tack Store
Freedom rider has a ton of equipment, props, books, etc. for various equine assisted activities and therapies.
They have NYLON RAINBOW REINS!!!! Their brand does not melt in the heat or if fly spray gets on them.
Resources for Teaching Tips & Techniques
The Influence of Rider: Horse bodyweight ratio and rider-horse-saddle fit on equine gait and behavior: A pilot study
New study released in 2019! GO TO ARTICLE
Teaching to the Visual Learner
Article by Stable Management Magazine that covers ways you can cater to your VISUAL (see it) learner students. GO TO ARTICLE
Teaching to the Auditory Learner
Article by Stable Management Magazine that covers ways you can cater to your AUDITORY (hear it) learner students. GO TO ARTICLE
Teaching to the Kinesthetic Learner
Wonderful article by Stable Management Magazine that covers ways you can cater to your KINESTHETIC (do it) learner students. GO TO ARTICLE
Qualities of a Good Instructor
Although this post is geared more towards physical fitness instructors in the military and civilian world, it is still a good read that simplifies the "3 F's" of being a good instructor.WHAT ARE THE 3 F'S?
Why Self-Improvement as an Instructor is Imperative
Again, not a 'horsey' themed read but each point mentioned applies to any instructor. This article gives tips on how to take your teaching to the next level and have a larger impact on your students. GO TO ARTICLE
Top 10 Qualities of Good Instructor
Primitive Reflexes- what are they?
Beyond the Arena- Other Books to Consider
I finished reading Extreme Ownership in March 2018 (well....listening on audible any time I was in the truck). This book combines numerous battlefield lessons learned and how they apply to leadership in everyday life. Although the examples given talk more about corporate level business, these concepts EASILY apply to the non-profit realm and greatly impact leadership when interacting with students, co-workers, volunteers, instructors in training, etc. Wonderful read!
How can YOU impact others and possibly be that stepping stone to make them an outlier? You are not just an instructor...you have the potential to be a part of the community that supports the next 'outlier' that achieves greatness.
Make it Stick
Although it is not geared towards 'horses', the information in this book can easily be applied to how we teach in the arena, barn, in clinic, etc.
This book is easy to read and makes the science of learning easy to understand!
This book is an invaluable resource that could help turn the tide of instructor burnout in the adaptive riding world!
The principles covered in this book not only apply to personal life but also to professional life and business management.