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Articles from Author Lynn Palm

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May 16, 2015
Lynn Palm

It is only natural for a rider to feel fear at some point in her riding years. Usually that fear is based on the concern for being out of control of the horse and coming out of the saddle. If this has ever been an issue for you while pursuing Western Dressage, or at any time...

March 19, 2015
Lynn Palm

There are so many training "methods" out there today, it sure can confuse most riders. My advice to you is to "put your common sense cap on." Western Dressage is new and many clinicians are all about the subject so they can keep their business alive, or use it as way to bring...

February 23, 2015
Lynn Palm

“I really want to show, but I just get so nervous and insecure when I’m the only one in the ring performing with my horse. How can I overcome this?”

This is a great subject and something I hear often from riders, so I feel it deserves to be addressed in an article....

January 20, 2015
Lynn Palm

Now that you’ve gotten into Western Dressage, you’re eager to do well. But what are the best ways to improve your horse at his current level and move on to advance to the next level?

As you ride each day, make a plan before you get in the saddle. You are teaching your...

December 17, 2014
Lynn Palm

One of the best things about dressage is that it builds upon itself and every step is based upon a training pyramid. When you understand all the “building blocks” in this pyramid, you increase your ability to achieve your goals.

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November 18, 2014
Lynn Palm

When it comes to practicing your dressage test, you can use a “call person” or memorize the test. The choice is yours. The length of a dressage test can be very intimidating to remember, but I think it is always better to memorize the test.

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September 16, 2014
Lynn Palm

So, you and your horse have been training in anticipation of entering your first Western Dressage show. But how do you know when you’re actually ready to compete?

This is a question of confidence. Your instructor or coach should be realistic and give you...

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August 21, 2014
Lynn Palm

Dressage is for every rider and any horse, no matter what age, level of education, and what your goals may be. It is simply a natural training method for the horse and rider that leads to great success. So if you are a western rider, dressage training will help you bring out...

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July 21, 2014
Lynn Palm

I find it exciting that dressage has become so widely accepted by all disciplines and breeds. At the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, I saw many breeds including Morgans, Saddlebreds, Arabians, and gaited horses, showing in a correct balance and collection...

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June 16, 2014
Lynn Palm

Any time you are getting into a different discipline, it is important to know what tack is allowed in competition. The smart rider will research ahead of time to learn all the rules about what tack is permitted and what is not.

I recommend practicing at...

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