Longmeadow Farm / Rita Brown Dressage

Longmeadow Farm / Rita Brown Dressage Longmeadow Farm is located in Scituate Ma. Resident trainer Grand Prix dressage rider Rita Brown US
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Wow! Kirby Hill October Dressage show. Fabulous weather and facility.
10/28/2023

Wow! Kirby Hill October Dressage show. Fabulous weather and facility.

So thrilled to be included in nationals. Unfortunately, I will not be able to ride.  There’s always next year.🎉🎉🎉
10/03/2023

So thrilled to be included in nationals. Unfortunately, I will not be able to ride. There’s always next year.🎉🎉🎉

Beautiful well maintained property!
10/01/2023

Beautiful well maintained property!

Sally Davenport!!!  🎉🎉🎉🎉so happy for you.  You are an inspiration to all who know you 👏
09/06/2023

Sally Davenport!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉so happy for you. You are an inspiration to all who know you 👏

So thrilled with my new horse 5 year old Onyx who made his first show a success🎉🎉. Onyx came in reserve champion in the ...
08/20/2023

So thrilled with my new horse 5 year old Onyx who made his first show a success🎉🎉. Onyx came in reserve champion in the East Coast Riders Cup T3 with almost a 72%- at August Hitts on the Hudson. His temperament and train ability is a 10! I am so excited for this new partnership 🤩

All of my students - please read…..This is absolutely one of the most clear and concise articles ever written.
07/14/2023

All of my students - please read…..
This is absolutely one of the most clear and concise articles ever written.

Putting your horse on the bit Posted on April 11, 2022 by thm admin Putting your horse on the bit with Jane Savoie Dressage trainer, Grand Prix competitor and author Jane Savoie outlines a simple, no-miss system that helps make all your riding more pleasurable for both you and your horse… At clini...

“Success is not about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you used to be.”
06/26/2023

“Success is not about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you used to be.”

06/19/2023

True riding is an endless search for synchrony and harmony—you can get it today and lose it tomorrow. This search is no overnight affair. It is a progression of steps, measured in tiny increments of success, in an endless journey of challenge and discovery.

Because we must communicate within equine terms, a rider must learn to speak clearly with his body signals—the aids. He is not born with these instincts. Only when he knows precisely what he is saying to his horse and is able to listen acutely to his horse’s answers, has he mastered the horse–human relationship.

- DR. JOSEF KNIPP

06/19/2023

A violinist played for 45 minutes in the New York subway. A handful of people stopped, a couple clapped, and the violinist raised about $30 in tips.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. In that subway, Joshua played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before he played in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out a Boston theatre, and the seats averaged about $100.

The experiment proved that the extraordinary in an ordinary environment does not shine and is so often overlooked and undervalued.

There are brilliantly talented people everywhere who aren’t receiving the recognition and reward they deserve. But once they arm themselves with value and confidence and remove themselves from an environment that isn’t serving them, they thrive and grow.

Your gut is telling you something. Listen to it if it’s telling you where you are isn’t enough!

Go where you are appreciated and valued.

Know Your Worth.

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06/17/2023

Wisdom from The Training Scale:
“As the straightness improves, the throughness of the horse will improve as well. The pushing capacity of the hindquarters can now go its way through the horse up to the mouth and makes the horse give to the pressure of the bit, bend the neck and chew on the bit.”“This is the natural way the horse achieves the correct “going through the poll”. It would not be correct to achieve this “going through the poll” by brutally pulling neck and head of the horse. Instead it must be the result of the hind legs pushing towards the quiet still hand. This is the only way to fix the neck to the wither. And only if the neck is fixed to the wither it is possible to link forehand and hindquarter.”
https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2019/10/the-classical-tradition-the-training-scale-part-four-how-old-are-our-principles/

This is a must read😎
06/05/2023

This is a must read😎

The Half Halt – everything you need to know – a great explanation from Christian Thiess:
“The action of the rider's back during the half halt is very similar to the action people use when they are on a swing. I would like you to imagine that you are playing on a swing now. What can you feel? When the swing goes up, you will support and follow the movement. You will hold the chains with a strong grip, and your upper body and arms will work together as you drive the swing higher, ie. your back, upper and lower arm muscles will contract and you will be bracing your back. The angle between your upper and lower arms will be between 80 and 120 degrees. When the swing goes down, you will maintain the same position but your driving muscles will become relaxed or passive. Your hands will still be in contact with the chain, but your grip will be passive.” Jessica von Bredow Werndl and Unee demonstrate:
https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2022/03/christian-thiess-de-mystifies-the-half-halt/

05/31/2023

The late Christian Thiess told us:
“I try to broaden the rider’s understanding of the classical art of riding. And the most important requirement of the classical equitation is the purity of the paces of the horse. This can only be achieved from a relaxed, straight horse working with a swinging back and accepting both reins evenly. The hindquarters must be correctly engaged and the impulsion created must flow through the horse. This means through the swinging back, body, poll, mouth and into the rider’s hands, and some of this impulsion must be returned in the same way through the supple poll, back to the hindquarters. The two are related, for if the hindquarters are working correctly they influence and supple the poll and through the suppleness of the poll it is possible to improve the engaging of the hindquarters. My opinion is that any techniques which restrict the impulsion and damage the purity of the paces are a riding crime.”
Read more about Christian Thiess, and his teachings:
https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/whos-who/thiess-christian/

05/24/2023
To achieve an uphill half-halt …Remember that it’s not just about closing your legs and reins at the same time. You also...
05/16/2023

To achieve an uphill half-halt …

Remember that it’s not just about closing your legs and reins at the same time. You also need to rebalance the energy with your seat. Imagine you are on a bicycle and are about to pop a wheelie. Engage your abdominal muscles, lift your chest and still your lower back to lift the front wheels of the bicycle up off the ground. In the saddle, this same feeling tells the horse to lower his hindquarters and lift his front end—just like the front of the bicycle lifts off the ground. —Chrissa Hoffmann

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05/16/2023

My dear fellow equestrians,
We are in dire need of volunteers for our spring show Friday-Sunday, so i beseech you, please consider volunteering! If not out of the goodness of your heart than think on this: our main criteria for awarding scholarship money to NEDA members is volunteer hours, so come and work towards getting that money honey. I have also been instructed to tell you all that of the only 5 volunteers we have signed up, 3 of them are currently collecting social security and we need young, strong bodies. So, help your elders, boost your karma, and work towards getting thousands in scholarship you can use to pay for training!
The details:
June 2-4 at Fieldstone in Halifax Ma, if you’re interested in volunteering email Paul at [email protected] it can even just be for a few hours any day Friday-Sunday!!
💗

05/16/2023

Judges have a very difficult job tying to word constructive criticism in a way that positively impacts the training. The concept of the test is to see if the training is on the right path so that the horse is protected and the rider successful. So many times we forget that the judge is only trying to help do this! Judges also must be fair to the other competitors by enforcing the rules and keeping the ring on time. This is A TON of hard work!!! It is much more difficult than riding and teaching as the focus and mental concentration is immense.

For example last weekend - I rode in the INT 2 on my horse and he would not stop adding 1 time changes in the twos and the ones. I was so thrilled to be back on my horse and having this experience with the love of my life I couldn’t help but laughter out loud. Although it cost me the win - I didn’t care as the judge (whom I respect very much). Started laughing too. Gave me great feed back and told me the training was right on track for the GP! Thank you Lisa Schmidt!
Remember judges are trying to help! So if you get some good insight. Send a positive evaluation to USEF ! It’s important because even judges like the occasional pat and sugar cube 😁

05/14/2023

Ernst Hoyos, talks about his philosophy which he developed as a Spanish Riding School head rider:
"I am looking for right balance. Further down in front is for me, too far, and not far enough, is too high. The task is to find the middle for each horse you ride. If you ride the horse too far down then shoulder is too strongly blocked and they can't be as expressive in front. If you are too far up, then you have lost 'over the back' automatically, then you don't have the hind legs any more. If you have the middle, then the horse's shoulders can still reach - and muscles from the horse are not stressed by extreme up-riding, or by extreme deep-riding. This is the healthier middle way, by being in the centre, it is much better for the horse than being extremely high or low. Our young horses they start with a little trot but they are reaching. The shoulders are moving bigger and bigger."

05/02/2023

Johan Hamminga, member of the KWPN Licensing Commission tells us: “Never make a horse short in the neck, you must always be lengthening in front. When you make a horse short in front, then it goes down in the back, the neck is too high. When you open the horse, it lowers the croup and carries the rider’s weight. I like to bend the horse’s inside hind leg, don’t pull the inside rein. When you pull on the inside rein, you block the inside hind leg.”
A young Glamourdale illustrates:
https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2023/01/top-tip-on-balance-from-johan-hamminga/

This is a post of Gratitude- I’d like to thank my team that makes my life with horses so wonderful.Lisa Sylvester - amaz...
05/02/2023

This is a post of Gratitude-
I’d like to thank my team that makes my life with horses so wonderful.
Lisa Sylvester - amazing masseuse
Mark Reilly- an amazing intuitive vetrinarian who has helped my horses tremendously.
Joe Santos - my farrier that keeps the foundation of all the work in balance.
Whitney Fernandes- for introducing me to Hygain feeds- really good stuff.
Horse of course for keeping my saddles just right.
A huge thanks to my staff that treats every horse in the stable like there are Glamourdale- especially my Carlito 🥰
And of course the most wonderful stable owner and best friend you could imagine - Mary Costello ❤️
Going on 26 years at beautiful Longmeadow Farm.
Thank you all for my incredible journey and being people of integrity and bringing your gifts to my horses.

Sure foot day !  Remi enjoying the stretch 🥰
04/17/2023

Sure foot day ! Remi enjoying the stretch 🥰

Christoph Hess talks about good training:“Is the horse properly seeking the bit? Some top class horses are light in the ...
04/14/2023

Christoph Hess talks about good training:
“Is the horse properly seeking the bit? Some top class horses are light in the neck and head, but always behind the bit. You always have to have the feeling that the horse learns to stretch its body. Not just stretching his front and neck, but the whole body. The horse needs his neck to balance his body – it is not so important that the horse’s nose is in front or behind the vertical, as long as the horse is stretching. If the horse is not stretched it is impossible for it to flex. First stretch, then flex.”
https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2018/06/christoph-hess-dressage-is-harmony-and-balance/

The problem with horse training is that society is set up to believe that you can buy a service and have things the way ...
04/05/2023

The problem with horse training is that society is set up to believe that you can buy a service and have things the way you want in a certain time frame. People look at horse training as if they're spending their money on a product. And yet even the best horse trainers will tell you the horse takes its own time, and no one can guarantee a horse will be doing what you want from it when you want from it. The other problem is that even if your trainer can get t done with your horse, it doesn't necessarily mean that you will be able to. Getting a horse right takes an amount of commitment on the owners part to develop the same type of relationship that the trainer has, otherwise how can you expect from your horse for yourself what your trainer gets, when it's they who have put in the hours, th and sweat, the patience and the desire to get Along with that horse? You aren't spending money on a tune up for your car that you can take home and drive.
The fact that money is involved leads people to believe they deserve something for what they paid, and they do, but, it happens in the animals time, not the humans. I think any good trainer would say they would do this for free if they could, just to help horses and people. And yet, we all have to eat.
- B. Boylen

04/03/2023
Looking at photos with Johan Hamminga, there’s lots to see:“Behind the vertical is not a problem when you can stretch th...
03/26/2023

Looking at photos with Johan Hamminga, there’s lots to see:
“Behind the vertical is not a problem when you can stretch the horse, and he is connected there, and he can follow your hand, then there is no problem. There is no problem when your horse is bending from behind and carrying his weight on his hindlegs THEN you can stretch him a little more and then you can bring the neck into a lower position – but THERE HAS to be a connection.”
https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2020/09/johan-hamminga-on-what-to-look-for-in-a-photo/

THE proper way a horse collects and 'gets on the bit'.No contraption, bit, or gimmick can teach this. It's about proper ...
03/26/2023

THE proper way a horse collects and 'gets on the bit'.
No contraption, bit, or gimmick can teach this. It's about proper biomechanics and teaching the horse to balance themselves.

Day 2 of the S clinic with William Warren 4*.
03/23/2023

Day 2 of the S clinic with William Warren 4*.

Flexion is often misunderstood as being at the base of the neck where the rider pulls on the inside rein and breaks the ...
03/15/2023

Flexion is often misunderstood as being at the base of the neck where the rider pulls on the inside rein and breaks the connection at the base of the withers. Riders should really try to understand the difference between pulling the neck out of alignment and flexion at the poll. Very different concepts. Easy to understand hard to do !🤓

Stefan Wolff tells us:“You can interfere as much as you want with the leg, but not with the rein. The rein should be bor...
03/10/2023

Stefan Wolff tells us:
“You can interfere as much as you want with the leg, but not with the rein. The rein should be boring. The hands should be constant on either side of the neck so the neck can stabilise. The leg should tighten the rein. Work on the leg producing contact. That’s the whole point of it; riding from behind to the bit. The hand is just the counterpart to the leg. It doesn’t produce anything.” Ingrid Klimke illustrates for us...
https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2022/07/top-tips-from-stefan-wolff-on-contact/

Just back from a FABULOUS training session at the Palm Beach Derby with my amazing S candidate group and mentor Sarah Ge...
03/04/2023

Just back from a FABULOUS training session at the Palm Beach Derby with my amazing S candidate group and mentor Sarah Geikie. We learned so much building on what Natalie Lamping taught us last weekend at the World Equestraian Center! I feel like we are so lucky to have this caliber of instruction from some of our very top judges in the country. Thank you all who made this happen!

03/03/2023

Debbie McDonald talks about training: “The biggest part of my coaching was in Germany with Klaus Balkenhol. What I love about Klaus is that he knows exactly when to back off, when he knows a horse has maybe had enough for the day. He never over-does a horse. He passed that on to me very strongly, it’s important to know your horse well and to be fair, yet firm enough and reactive, so you can be a person that doesn’t have to ride with strength. I’m only five foot and I rode some big horses in my life and it is a matter of making sure you have that right sensitivity and reaction, then it doesn’t take the strength.”
https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2018/03/debbie-mcdonald-inspiration/

Roundness / that visual, that make any horse look like a dressage horse is much more than the neck.  It is the whole bod...
02/23/2023

Roundness / that visual, that make any horse look like a dressage horse is much more than the neck.

It is the whole body of the horse where the neck stretches out of the lifted withers / shoulders and arcs out to reach the contact. The base of the neck relaxes and stays supple. The thorasic sling must be engaged,the back lifted allowing the horses hind legs step closer to its of center of gravity.

So the question that arose yesterday was…. “Why is saddle fit so difficult? I just had someone adjust it and now it’s worse, My horse looks round but he’s so stiff in the hand.”

My question to that question is ….. Is the saddle being fit to a horse with a dropped back or does the panels and tree allow for the back to swing, hind quarters to engage and the horse to come round from tail to poll. Does the saddle allow for roundness? Fitting a saddle to a stagnant animal is easy. Fitting a saddle to a round horse in motion takes a good understanding of biomechanics and basic physics. 🤷‍♀️

02/22/2023

To keep your head up and your body aligned …

Imagine your horse’s ears are the windshield of your
car. Make sure you are looking out the windshield as
you would when you are driving. Remember, you can’t drive
down the road looking out the passenger’s or driver’s
side window. —Stephany Fish Crossman.

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Illustration by Sandy Rabiowitz

02/21/2023

Schooling show schedule!

02/20/2023

Everything you need to know about Leg Yield – Part 1, this is really worth a read:
“Leg yielding's main characteristic is, that it is a relaxing, loosening exercise for the horse and if correctly executed has a great influence on the horse: firstly in teaching obedience to the rider's leg, and secondly as a gymnastic exercise, it will improve suppleness and strength and the horse's ability to take more weight in the hindquarters.” Lots of useful diagrams...
https://www.horsemagazine.com/thm/2017/04/leg-yielding-by-christian-thiess/

Part time groom / stable hand needed at Longmeadow Farm Scituate Ma.  Job entails grooming, hand walking, hacking, tack ...
02/17/2023

Part time groom / stable hand needed at Longmeadow Farm Scituate Ma. Job entails grooming, hand walking, hacking, tack cleaning and tacking up 4-5 FEI dressage horses per day - hours are 9-2. Experience is a must.
5 days a week - some Mondays. Some Saturdays. Opportunity to travel to shows. Competitive salary based on experience.

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29 Longmeadow Road
Scituate, MA
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