Learn the Connections between how the horse's body works and the exercises you can ride to address your horse's issues and problems, and learn how to develop your horse's strength and suppleness.
Learn WHY the horse is doing what he is doing. Learn WHY he is having trouble. Learn WHY certain exercises are used to help him. And learn WHY this works.
Learn how to put the theory into practical application. Learn tips and tactics to apply it to your situation, your horse, and your goals.
Learn how to develop an overall strategy that will help you make the best training decisions in the moment and over the long-term.
Learn how to develop the 3 Rider's Toolboxes: Your Seat and Aids, the Movements you ride, and the Exercises and Patterns you ride.
Mind - Body - Spirit
Learn how to become a thinking rider. Learn how to develop your body so you can ride better. Learn how to develop your horse's body in a way that preserves his health and soundness. Learn to cultivate a collaborative relationship with your horse. Learn how to and engage him in a dialogue through the training.
“The exercises and philosophy imparted by Dr. Thomas Ritter have been fundamental in building my system of riding and training for over a decade as an adult amateur who trains my own horses. His exercises build upon one another in small increments. They use correct biomechanics to make the desired end result of each exercise the easiest outcome for the horse. In general, I have used Thomas Ritter's exercises to improve the symmetry and suppleness of each horse. Because his exercises address very specific issues, they can be combined or used to create new exercises in nearly infinite combinations for each horse. This is revolutionary when compared to the standard methods that most dressage trainers use as a formula to train horses to perform movements for tests. Instead, Ritter's exercises work to develop a totally bilaterally symmetrical, healthy, adjustable, horse. In my case, I then use shows/dressage tests as a gauge for how well the system is working. My horses perform the tests much better as a result of Dr. Ritter's methods. Thank you! ”
Meghan Ryan - Tucson, AZ USA
“Thomas is a very systematic instructor who does an excellent job breaking movements into small increments and helping the rider to understand the purpose of each one. Since we began working together I have marvelled at the way he begins a session with the most basic exercises and then develops them progressively into upper level movements. As a rider, prolonged exposure to his method has meant that I understand both how to train new movements and the ways that dressage movements can be used to progressively strengthen and develop the horse. At the end of the first year of training with Thomas the same people who had said my horse was untrainable began to ask where I got this new horse.”
Kristen Guest - Prince George, Canada
“Working with Thomas was very relaxed from the beginning. From the beginning, the main focus was placed on gymnastics and keeping the horse sound. The purpose of the exercises was transparent, so I was able to practice them at home because I understood what was important. Suddenly, it was not the flying change that was important any more, but the prerequisites that the horse has to fulfill in order to be able to perform a flying change at all. I started to feel what an uphill canter feels like, and suddenly the horse casually started offering flying changes, half passes, and half pirouettes here and there. Thomas is always able to build the tasks for the horses in a way that they understand, thus motivating them to cooperate. The result of working with Thomas is that my horse and I are working together in harmony again. Feeling how you are becoming one with the horse, how the gaits become soft and practically floating through the arena is absolutely brilliant and unlike anything else. I thank Thomas for his clear words and the infinite effort he makes with us every time, for not treating me, as a western rider with a quarter horse, any differently than the dressage riders with their dressage horses. I am happy to be able to work with him and I hope very much that he will accompany us on our journey for a long time.”