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While liv­ing in Spain some years back, i was for­tu­nate enough to watch Spain’s olympian rafael Soto ride and train and share in sev­eral joy-filled meals with the Real Es­cuela CReW IN *eReZ Spain. rafael is a pas­sion­ate and com­pas­sion­ate hu­man who truly cares about his equine part­ners and nat­u­rally brings a larger-than-life per­son­al­ity to all he does.

dres­sage­to­day­on­line.com of­fers videos of sev­eral dif­fer­ent train­ing ses­sions with rafael. my ab­so­lute fa­vorite hap­pens to be an older piece recorded sev­eral years be­fore the im­por­tance of safety was wide spread in our in­dus­try, and he is sans hel­met. in this video at dres­sage­to­dayon- line.com/rafael, he em­pha­sizes the use of lateral work to im­prove con­nec­tion in the walk and en­gage­ment in both the trot and can­ter. the ex­er­cises in this se­ries are geared for Sec­ond level through Grand prix, but por­tions can be ap­plied to all lev­els of train­ing. this is part 1 of a three-part se­ries. if you’d like to watch them all, we of­fer a free month at dres­sage­to­day­on­line.com/S0free to all Dres­sage To­day read­ers and we hope you’ll make dto your “go-to” for on-the-go learn­ingA

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