“This book has completely recharged and refocused me. It is simply brilliant. I now know for sure that we can do it! It took a while to get into the mind-set needed; it all seemed a little overwhelming, too much knowledge and not enough skill, I guess! But with the help of this book we are achieving little victories every single session. I am smiling and grinning all over the place.
As Patricia says ‘It’s an exciting and rewarding journey’ and it really is.”
Amanda Crowley – Amateur Dressage Enthusiast
“Patricia talks about riding mechanically and lack of feel, despite having a good knowledge base, I think this will be so liberating to hear for many riders, it certainly struck a chord with me. I love the fact that finally, as a result of this book, I have a support system and structure that helps me to work out solutions to problems and it’s not rocket science!
Thank you for enlightening me, Patricia”
Helen Mathie – MSc Vet Phys BSc (Hons) MCSP HPC ACPAT
“Full of amazing training tips and insights on how to fix problems and achieve your goals. I am bursting with enthusiasm and get up and go! Keep it simple. Don’t try to completely change the way you ride in one day. You are so right Patricia! Written in an easy, understandable style, you will have fun reading this book.
The explanations are awesome. A must read for all riders.”
Sue Clark – Motueka Dressage, New Zealand
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“I would recommend The Crystal System to all riders, whatever their level.
Basically for anyone that needs clarity and direction.”
Daisy Jackson – DJ Dressage
We have teamed up with Equine Magazine to offer an exclusive package of dressage goodies including a copy of The Crystal System Book, A Blue Chip Dressage Saddle Cloth and a set of Kitt Equestrian Dressage Wraps.
I am absolutely delighted with The Crystal System book review featured on Page 45 of the July 2016 Issue of Equine Magazine, they say … Continue reading Equine Magazine – July 2016
WINNER ANNOUNCED 14 April 2016
Here in the U.K. the NAF Five Star BRITISH DRESSAGE WINTER CHAMPIONSHIPS are underway and whether you have qualified and are competing at the Championships, nearly got there, perhaps qualified for the Regionals but not quite the Champs, aspire to qualify or you are simply a dressage enthusiast who does not compete, I have a wonderful GIVEAWAY to coincide with this superb event.
Today and for the duration of the Winter Championships (6th to 10th April 2016) The Crystal System in association with Mirrors for Training are GIVING AWAY 1 (one) No. Arena Mirror backed in Galvanised steel and supplied with installation brackets to be attached to posts or to an indoor arena.
WORTH AN INCREDIBLE £360.00 TOTALLY FREE!
DID YOU KNOW – That approximately 65% of the population are visual learners?
“The instantaneous feedback you get from seeing your horses shape, your seat and position and how you apply the aids is like having a trainer watching your every move”.
DID YOU KNOW – Mirrors installed in the training arena improve learning by up to 400%
“Whatever your aspirations if you do not have access to Mirrors to aid your training, you could be at a disadvantage”
The visual benefits of using mirrors for training are limitless.
- Identifying in real time inaccuracies
- Immediate performance changes before they become habit forming
- Boost your confidence in the arena
- Improve your accuracy
- Correct your position in real time
- Vertical or horizontal mounting options
- Suitable for indoor and outdoor Arenas
- Supplied with Installation brackets that simplify your installation
- 2 years warranty or 3 years if you ask Mirrors for Training to install
Here’s How You Win …
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The winner will also receive a copy of
The Crystal System Dressage Training Book
Oh, and if you are at the Champs at Hartpury, Gloucestershire, between 6th and 10th April 2016 why not pop along to Morgan Equine’s outdoor trade stand and pick up a copy of The Crystal System Book
Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to win, win, win
- Arena Mirror
- The Crystal System Book
- Regular helpful hints and tips for your future dressage success
Patricia – The Dressage Tipster
I was blown away by the review I received from Jessica of Gee Gee and Me. Reading this has made the whole experience worthwhile!
Continue reading Gee Gee and Me
Here we have what is known as a WIN, WIN situation. If you live in the U.K. and have yet to invest in The Crystal System Book I have a very special offer for you on this Shrove Tuesday.
- My extremely generous sponsors, Blue Chip Feeds have given me 19 (I know a bit of a random number!) x £10 vouchers to give away with the next x 19 sales of The Crystal System Book.
- Their generosity must be catching because, I’ve had some coupon codes made up and if you enter the code TIPSTER10 (must be in capital letters) at checkout, you can get the book at a 10% discounted price of £19.66 inclusive of postage. A saving for you of £2.18
If you are one of the lucky 19 to get a £10.00 voucher, you can redeem it at any retailer who stocks Blue Chip Feeds for any of the products listed below. So, if you are a current Blue Chip user … great you’ll save £10 on your next purchase or looking at it another way you’ll get The Crystal System Book for the equivalent of £9.66
The coupon code to get your 10% discount is active now, go to the purchase page via this link or click on the book image.
First x 19 orders bought through the website link, will get the £10 Blue Chip Vouchers
Continue reading You Win, We Win
The first book review is in and they are coming thick and fast. I am absolutely delighted that Finnish born Roosa Rantanen of ‘Roosa’s Horsey Life‘ has given a huge thumbs up and recommends it to, well, everyone really!
Haynet blogger Roosa Rantanen recently was selected as competition winner to do a Book Review and was sent The Crystal System by 2014 Haynet Blogger of the Year, Patricia Pitt.
Here’s Roosa’s Book Review:
“Patricia Pitt is the amazing blogger known as The Dressage Tipster who from her blogging, her riding life experiences and learning journey has created the book The Crystal System. Thanks to Haynet and the wonderful Dressage Tipster I was given the opportunity to read the book over Christmas.
The Crystal System is a self-help system for riders, which aims to clear up some of the mysteries that often surround the ability to ride skilfully, with feel and with subtlety – but self-help is not to be taken negatively, for as Patricia points out in the book self help “is to use one’s own efforts and resources to achieve things without relying on others”. I’m sure many of us have felt the need to be always helped out by trainers who are more knowledgable that us, but this book encourages you to train yourself in order to improve.
Continue reading Roosa’s Book Review
Chapter 13 – Overcoming a Crisis
In this final chapter I talk about what to do if and when you hit a crisis.
On understanding the inevitable
“… The new habits you form are often very fragile and it is for this reason that you need to eliminate any source of resistance that may lead you astray. When the inevitable ‘curve ball’ is thrown into play, you need some strategies to deal with the unexpected. Truth be told, happiness is not the absence of problems, but having the ability to deal with them”.
On Competition Anxiety
Continue reading The Crystal System Dressage – Chapter 13
CRYSTAL SYSTEM DRESSAGE – Chapter 12 – DO – Rider Focus Plan
So we move to the penultimate chapter of the book, pulling together all you have gleaned from previous chapters, this post gives you a few sample paragraphs, quotes, tips and illustrations that are included in Chapter 12 to see you if think it might be for you.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellent then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
“… Evaluation and re-evaluation and a systematic progressive plan will ensure that the inevitable recurring plateaus can be dealt with. You may feel unable to ride, you may feel like what you are trying to achieve is just not achievable. This will continue until you become secure and master the new way of working. Often riders get to thinking ‘it’s like learning to ride all over again’. In the long term, the cycle of breakthrough, plateau, re-evaluation will never end, no matter how accomplished you become.
However those ‘bad’ rides, after which you think that you will never learn to ride skilfully can and will be overcome if you continue to analyse and figure it out for yourself; no quick fix, no shortcut, no easy way – only diligent practice.”
Continue reading Crystal System Dressage – Chapter 12
Chapter 11 – Do – Suppling Your Horse
Snippets from Chapter 11 to give you a feel for what The Crystal System offers you.
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Be curious” – Stephen Hawking
“… The critical aim of the preliminary training phase is looseness and by this I mean relaxation of all of the joints and muscles. Only when your horse is supple can he create impulsion, be straight and have balance with a swinging back and self-carriage. Looseness is not achieved overnight, particularly if you have started with a horse that has a degree of stiffness anywhere in his body and/or legs. It will take a minimum of six weeks
of patient work for you to re-train any ‘bad’ muscle memory and a further six weeks for the muscle to develop and become strong. Laterally your horse should be able to bend his body from poll to just behind the saddle without falling in on the shoulder or swinging out the haunches. The only means you have for acquiring lateral suppleness in your horse is lateral bending.” Continue reading Crystal System Dressage – Chapter 11
Chapter 10 – Do – Influencing Your Horse
More snippets from The Crystal System Book …
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill
“Of course, everything we do influences our horse’s way of going and it is worth taking on board my primary message to you ‘If you get the right response when you ask correctly, it surely follows that if you get the wrong response, you may not be asking correctly”.
“… The novice or untrained horse (whatever the age) needs time to develop strength and flexibility to accomplish the desired ‘roundness.’ It’s important that every time you take a walk break, you should give a loose rein and let your horse adopt any frame he wants so that he can relax his muscles. The length of time you ask your horse to work ‘on the bit’ depends on the individual horse. Always consider his age, fitness, and temperament. Clearly, if you do too much and make your horse sore because he’s using his muscles differently, you’re not only going to have a sore horse, but also a horse that becomes quirky and resistant. So the trick with anything you do with a horse is to bring him up to the limit, and then take the pressure off. As soon as your horse shows signs of resistance because he’s either physically or mentally tired, back off. Build up day by day.
Continue reading Crystal System Dressage – Chapter 10