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Video: Ask, Tell, Demand with Matt McLaughlin

The foundation of Matt McLaughlin’s training philosophy can be summed up in three words: ask, tell, demand.

The foundation of Grand Prix dressage trainer Matt McLaughlin’s training philosophy can be summed up in three words: ask, tell, demand. Regarding these commands, he is referring to the rider’s aids and how they are applied. As part of this tenet, he also emphasizes the importance of a three-second training window where the progression of these aids needs to happen. When the horse responds to any one of them, he deserves a reward. Finally, the training session (whether it is one movement or the entire ride) needs to end on that positive note. Watch the video below to see him explain and demonstrate this important concept in real time!

About Matt McLaughlin

Matt McLaughlin began studying dressage and the art of training horses at an early age. He has successfully trained many horses through Grand Prix as well as multiple horses in haute école including capriole, courbette and levade. He has earned the USDF bronze, silver and gold rider medals and is a U.S. Equestrian Federation “r” judge. Based in St. Cloud, Florida, McLaughlin travels throughout North America and Europe as a clinician.

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