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Terry Ciotti Gallo clinic. Terry is the owner of Klassic Kur

My experience with the Terry Ciotti Gallo clinic hosted by the Midwest Dressage Association I love Terry because she gets to the point quickly and efficiently. Her knowledge of music and cohesiveness is extremely vast. In one 45 minute session … Continue reading

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What to do when you hit a bump in your training or Maybe even a mountain!

Training horses and ponies is not easy.  That’s the first thing to remember.  Yes some horses are easier than others.  Yes some are more talented than others.  Some have easier characters than others too.  However when training horses believe me … Continue reading

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Suppleness with your young horse: Step # 1 The Elementary stage

I wanted to write about suppleness because achieving this it not an easy thing to do. Of course some  horses will always come out with looser muscles than others, but one way or the other we need suppleness in order … Continue reading

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Chuck Grant

The International Series celebrates the Martial (or Military) Horse. This is a photo of Charles “Chuck” Grant, the Father of American Dressage, with his Army horse Jet at the Chicago Armory in 1941, performing the kneel. Chuck led a distinguished … Continue reading

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About Visual Equestrian LLC and Tonya Grant

Visual Equestrian L.L.C is located in Hartland Township, Michigan. We specialize in competitive Dressage for children and adults. We have a specific training program geared for each individual horse and rider combination. Our goal is to have horses with good … Continue reading

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Important tips on training young horses

  1.  Don’t fret over mistakes, know how to help the horse understand what you want or seek help from a qualified professional. 2. Training horses isn’t all smooth sailing, trust your trainer and stay with the program long enough … Continue reading

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Riding forward with proper balance

I’ve been working on riding more forward into a receiving hand with my young horses. Riding forward with receiving hands, never pulling and yet making many half halts along the way. Bending the horse from back to front into a  receiving hand, means … Continue reading

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It’s a long way to Rome…..

I’ve been bringing along about 5 young horses for several years with the goal to bring them to the FEI division.  therefore I obviously talk a lot about training.  The FEI division stands for Federal Equestrian International.  It governs the … Continue reading

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Is your horse telling you something?

Learning to listen to a horse is one of the most difficult things to do.  They  tell us much in the course of a day and yet without words we are left to speculate. My father always said to me don’t treat … Continue reading

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Creating a well balance 2 year old who is ready to be backed when they are 3

The making of an FEI horse starts when they are weaned from their mother. When my horses are two years old everything I do or my staff does is geared toward making them the best horses they can be for … Continue reading

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