On the Bit

The phrases "on the bit", "behind the bit" and "above the bit" are equestrian terms used to describe a horse's posture relative to the reins and the bridle bit. A position on the bit is submissive to the rider's rein aids, given through the bit. ... If above the bit, then the head is too high.

Science of Biomechanics

Biomechanics is the science of movement of a living body, including how muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments work together to produce movement. Biomechanics explains the negative impacts upon a horse's body caused by incorrect riding and training methods, such as Rollkur.

Clinics, Lessons, Expos … More

AVDA thrives on continuing education through clinics, lessons, schooling shows, ride-a-tests, trail riding, attending horse expos, watching featured presenters, online courses, reading courses, book clubs, among myriad other resources to help advance our knowledge and love of dressage. Keep checking back for more educational opportunities with AVDA or through our affiliate the Rocky Mountain Dressage Society, or RMDS.

 


 
 
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Correct bit fitting is just one aspect for a happy horse. The kind of bit used also is important when it comes to the show ring.

Correct bit fitting is just one aspect for a happy horse. The kind of bit used also is important when it comes to the show ring.

AVDA President Brenda Haley and AVDA board member JoElyn Newcomb, with Geronimo, listen to clinician Dolly Hannon at Latigo in the Black Forest, Colo.

AVDA President Brenda Haley and AVDA board member JoElyn Newcomb, with Geronimo, listen to clinician Dolly Hannon at Latigo in the Black Forest, Colo.

Clinician Anna Blake teaches AVDA students calming signals during a session in Pueblo West.

Clinician Anna Blake teaches AVDA students calming signals during a session in Pueblo West.

Clinician Nahshon Cook takes Geronimo for a spin during a session in Wetmore, Colo.

Clinician Nahshon Cook takes Geronimo for a spin during a session in Wetmore, Colo.

Seattle-based dressage trainer Jana Steffen focuses on ground training, relaxation and softening methods during a clinic last summer in Pueblo West.

Seattle-based dressage trainer Jana Steffen focuses on ground training, relaxation and softening methods during a clinic last summer in Pueblo West.

Judge and clinician Simone Windeler provided valuable input on tests during the June 2018 schooling show, followed by a clinic the following day, working with attendees on how to improve their dressage tests and scores.

Judge and clinician Simone Windeler provided valuable input on tests during the June 2018 schooling show, followed by a clinic the following day, working with attendees on how to improve their dressage tests and scores.

Sometimes, learning new dressage tests is a challenge for the mind. With AVDA, dressage test readers help riders not only with the tests but with the directions of the letters. And reading the tests for the riders also helps the reader learn those tests from the ground.

Sometimes, learning new dressage tests is a challenge for the mind. With AVDA, dressage test readers help riders not only with the tests but with the directions of the letters. And reading the tests for the riders also helps the reader learn those tests from the ground.

Volunteers are the cornerstone of the organization, and without our volunteers, AVDA would not exist. We cannot thank them enough.

Volunteers are the cornerstone of the organization, and without our volunteers, AVDA would not exist. We cannot thank them enough.

Western Dressage is making huge waves in the equestrian world, and AVDA Western Dressage chair Paul Gilbert, center, is here to help those who are wanting to get involved with the sport.

Western Dressage is making huge waves in the equestrian world, and AVDA Western Dressage chair Paul Gilbert, center, is here to help those who are wanting to get involved with the sport.