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Whitesburg Georgia

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Giving to Achieve the Right Contact PDF Print E-mail

As appeared in August 2008 Dressage Today
by Gigi Nutter

In dressage we strive to achieve contact - the connection between the bit and the rider's hands via two pieces of leather, the reins. On a deeper level, contact connects the entire horse from the hind legs to bit and everything in between. Correct contact allows us to feel and receive in our hands the energies that come from the horse's hind legs. The question is, who creates the contact, the rider or the horse?

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Aquire Show Savvy PDF Print E-mail

As appeared in February 2003 Dressage Today
by Gigi Nutter

Going down centerline remains just as exciting for me today as it was during my first dressage test in 1976. Over the years, I learned that one aspect of riding can only be developed with experience in the competition ring. I call it "show savvy." Considering that every dressage rider spends hundreds of hours schooling for a relative few seven-minute tests, this savvy takes years to acquire.

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Dressage Today - Ask the Expert PDF Print E-mail

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Dressage Today July 2001 issue

Question/Answer by Gigi Nutter

Question: Every time I do a canter depart, my riding teacher tells me to do a haunches-in before the depart. Why? Doesn't it only support an undesirable canter on two tracks?

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Danger on the Interstate PDF Print E-mail

by Gigi Nutter

An incident on the highway while traveling to a recent horse show made this a weekend one to remember. It also brought back many memories from my past. As a professional rider, I have been hauling horses for 27 years. It just goes along with the territory. Most of my "road warrior" time was spent behind the wheel of a 1967 International, six-horse van. The stories involving my adventures in that old van could fill a book. In addition to the van, I have driven a 4-horse gooseneck and 2-horse tag-a-longs. After arriving safely home from the show, I decided I should share some experiences so readers may benefit from my colorful past.

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