was my third Eddo clinic. I have had a great experience at all three. He
give you exercises to take home by teaching them to you as you ride
them. He is all about up and forward and getting the butt working first.
Light and soft. I got two important things out of last weekend: don't
try to control, create. And consistent communication is necessary to
keep the horse from becoming bored and looking elsewhere for
communication. If you haven't watched him or ridden with Eddo, I highly
recommend it. And if you can get to Rebecca's, she is an awesome
hostess. Her barns are very spacious and well kept. Her dogs are just
bundles of soft fluffy puppyness. And her crew there are friendly and
helpful. It was an awesome and fun weekend."
-- Darlene Howard, 1st Level
What the riders
have to say about Eddo and the clinics:
think Eddo is the most positive and encouraging clinician I have ever
ridden with. He stays focused, and keeps the riders and the horses
relaxed. He is constantly giving the pieces of the puzzle of the final
"movement" but he never drills the movement itself. The exercises are
logical and lay the groundwork for the completed picture of a movement,
be it half pass or canter pirouette. He cautions the rider not
stay in a movement or a gait for very long, thereby keeping the horse
interested. Sometimes during a ride I might think to myself "I know
this...why don't we go to something different?" Just about that time, my
horse's back comes up underneath me and he becomes lighter in the
forehand and magic seems to happen. When he gets you to that place you
want to ride forever." -- Merry Vickrey, USDF Silver
have been riding with Eddo for about 4 years, and each time I gain a
greater understanding of the basic principles that were introduced in my
first lesson. Eddo always focuses on the basics to achieve the more
complex movements. He stresses that each ride should be a blend of
lateral, forward, and collecting work. It is also very important for the
horse to have "side-to-side" balance as well as "front-to-back" balance.
When the horse is balanced, calm, and forward, then he can achieve great
things, all through relaxation with no force! This kind of focused,
gentle work is something that is always present in Eddo's lessons!"
-- Laura White, 2nd Level Dressage
Auditor, Joy Alexander, wrote an article about one of our clinics with
Eddo and it was published in The Chronicle of the Horse Magazine.
You can read it at: