Exciting Times for the WDA of MN

The Western Dressage Association® of Minnesota would like to thank all of our members, sponsors, and supporters from making 2013 such a success. The WDA® of MN has seen a great deal of interest from local Western Dressage enthusiasts. It is our goal as an organization to continue working hard to bring you and your horse educational opportunities to the state of Minnesota. Here are the Highlights from 2013: 300+ Subscribers to “The Journey…” the […]

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Minnesota Horse Expo has it all – including Western Dressage!

The Minnesota Horse Expo, now in its 31st year, has something for anyone with an interest in horses. The event is sponsored by the Minnesota Horse Council and is held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds over three days, April 26-28, 2013. All three days are packed with horse-related education and entertainment, and there are over 800 booths with products and information. Over 50 breeds are showcased. The Expo hosts a PRCA rodeo each day. New […]

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Introducing the WDAA Western Dressage Rules and Tests for 2013 Show Season

Our Rules incorporate elements of both Western and Dressage disciplines. Their revision was a collaborative effort on the part of member feedback, evaluation of respected horse people and equine organizations, and edited by a team of our Advisory Board members championed by Anita Owen, FEI Olympic Dressage judge. Our resulting Rules are designed for use by judges and show managers, but also for riders of all experience levels. These Rules are a wonderful educational tool […]

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Hunting-Season Safety Guide by Karen Meyers

With the cool air of fall settling in, more and more of us are drawn to give up arena riding for the paths through the woods and the fall colors.  I have noticed the posts on my friend’s Facebook pages and it seems everyone is getting out with their horses. I love to read about the great time they had with friends and their horses on a blessed day. Minnesota being a sportsmen’s state, reminds […]

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Western Dressage: The fastest growing Movement in the Equine Industry

Harmony…Cadence…Balance…Lightness…Impulsion…Suppleness…these are words used to describe Western Dressage, the fastest growing movement in the equine industry. Western Dressage encompasses fundamental training and riding techniques with the desire to strengthen the trust and understanding between horse and rider. In Jec Ballou’s article, What is Western Dressage, she describes it best by saying “the relatively new discipline of Western Dressage bridges the alleged separation that has existed between these two worlds, bringing together the strong history of […]

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Building Trust with your Horse

In last month’s feature article, we discussed how the horse’s mind works. The article talked about the importance of the horse seeing us as the decision maker of the herd in order to be effective in our training. Once our horse accepts us as the decision maker, need to do our part to reinforce the horse’s trust through consistent training. Trust…how can we develop a trusting relationship with our horse? Trust is a horse’s sense […]

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How Horses Learn

“I’ve started horses since I was 12 years old and have been bit, kicked, bucked off and run over. I’ve tried every physical means to contain my horse in an effort to keep from getting myself killed. I started to realize that things would come much easier for me once I learned why a horse does what he does. This method works well for me because of the kinship that develops between horse and rider.” […]

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What is Classical Dressage and how will it help my Western Horse?

When we hear the term “Classical Dressage”, most of us conjure up images of professional riders on Olympic caliber horses performing extremely difficult movements with a great deal of collection, giving us the impression that classical dressage training is beyond our abilities, as well as the abilities of our horse. As beautiful and inspiring as these images are in our mind’s eye, we need to remember that classical dressage is not solely about spectacular movements […]

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Welcome to the WDA of MN

Welcome to the Western Dressage Association™ of Minnesota, an organization dedicated to the advancement of this emerging discipline. Western Dressage is the union of Western traditions and classical Dressage training, which values the partnership between horse and rider. With light aids and a well-balanced seat, the horse and rider can move in harmony with one another. When this dance occurs between horse and rider, the horse can perform under saddle what he shows naturally when […]

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