Laura Goodenkauf Dressage

Laura provides top notch dressage training at beautiful Fortissimo Farm,a full service dressage training facility just minutes from downtown Los Angeles.

Laura works with horses and riders of all levels, from beginners to the FEI levels.

Operating as usual

Closing out 2020 with amazing friends and horses! It was a tough year for everyone but I feel so lucky to be surrounded by the best people and horses a girl could ask for. Cheers to 2021!
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#happynewyear #dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #dressagetrainer #equestrianlife #marepower #countysaddlery #summitjointperformance #juststrong #fortissimofarm #lauragdressage #teamlgd #friends #thankful #luckygirl

Sunday fun with beautiful Stella!
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How to Teach Your Horse Shoulder In

New on the blog - How to Teach Your Horse Shoulder In

Have you and your horse learned the shoulder in? What was your biggest challenge?

Is your horse ready to learn shoulder in? Give these exercises try and let me know what you think!

https://www.lauragdressage.com/post/how-to-teach-your-horse-shoulder-in

lauragdressage.com Ah, the shoulder in... It's nearly impossible to do any reading or You Tube-ing, etc. about any sort of dressage training without hearing about the shoulder in. The shoulder in appears all over the place! It's one of the most fundamental dressage exercises out there and it's used to develop and impr...

Cheers to all the amazing women entrepreneurs on Women's Entrepreneurship Day!
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Being a business owner isn't easy - especially in the horse industry! It's long days, sleepless nights, and a never ending struggle to always learn more and be better for my clients and horses. And I wouldn't trade it for the world!
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#womensentrepreneurshipday #womenentrepreneurs #womenempowerment #womensupportingwomen #entrepreneur #businessowner #dressage #dressagetraining #lauragdressage #teamlgd #fortissimofarm

Congrats to Meghan and her beautiful new mare Arya! You two are a perfect pair! ❤❤❤
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#dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #marepower #equestrianlife #proudcoach #lovemyjob #countysaddlery #summitjointperformance #juststrong #fortissimofarm #lauragdressage #teamlgd

Halloween sunset at the barn. ❤❤❤
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#happyhalloween #sunset #sunsetrides #myhappyplace #dressage #fortissimofarm #lauragdressage

Proudly offering for sale Sofi JCS

Sofi is a 2017 PRE mare. This mare is the total package. She has three lovely gaits and a wonderful brain. Very in your pocket, not at all mare-ish, and a pleasure to work with.

Sofi has been easy and straight forward to start under saddle. She is a very good citizen and is always ready to learn - no lunging required before riding. She has already traveled off the property to work with Sabine Schut-Kery and was a super star!

Sofi will be ready to strut her stuff in the show ring in 2021 with her next partner. Video available on request.

Rose and Malik looking fancy during their lesson today!
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#weekendvibes #sundayfunday #dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #ponypower #arabian #arabianhorse #lauragdressage #fortissimofarm

Congrats to Violet and Studley on their awesome rides at the Pacific Dressage schooling show this weekend! This team is going places!
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#dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #dressageshow #horseshow #horseshowlife #equestrianlife #quarterhorse #blueribbon #firstplace #countysaddlery #summitjointperformance #juststrong #fortissimofarm #lauragdressage #teamlgd

For any of my horse friends who have been considering trying Summit Joint Performance, now is the time!

If you purchase a loading dose through the link below during the month of October, @summitjointperformance will give you a FREE maintenance dose!!!

Who doesn't like free stuff??? Check it out!
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Saturday trail time - because sometimes even dressage queens need to get out of the arena!
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#weekendvibes #dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #dressagetrainer #equestrianlife #trailride #goodboy #lauragdressage #fortissimofarm

Introducing Declan, a 2012 Appendix gelding looking for his next partner to go down centerline with! Video on the comments. Message me for more info!

Working through the weekend - but it's tough to complain when "work" is riding these incredible horses!
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#lovemyjob #dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #dressagetrainer #equestrianlife #countysaddlery #summitjointperformance #juststrong #fortissimofarm #lauragdressage #teamlgd

Congrats Jodi and Pierce on winning Reserve Champion at CDS RAAC First Level Novice!!!
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#proudcoach #dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #dressageshow #horseshow #horseshowlife #equestrianlife #morganhorse #lovemyjob #lauragdressage #teamlgd

Congrats Jodi and Pierce! Two first place finishes at First Level with great scores - in the high 60s! Looking good in blue!
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@wobbins
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#dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #dressageshow #horseshow #horseshowlife #equestrianlife #morganhorse #lovemyjob #proudcoach #countysaddlery #summitjointperformance #juststrong #fortissimofarm #lauragdressage #teamlgd @ Southern California Equestrian Center

Forward
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The key to not only dressage, but most things in life.
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When your horse begins to avoid your aids, when a movement goes awry, send him forward and then ask again.
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When life pulls you down, keep putting one foot in front of the other... baby steps are better than no steps at all - and baby steps really add up over time.
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When in doubt, keep going forward!
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#dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #dressagetrainer #equestrianlife #forward #justkeepswimming #wordsofwisdom #wordstoliveby #equestrian #horse #horsesofinstagram #instahorse #fortissimofarm #lauragdressage

Friday morning fun with @equestrian_rosechakalian and Malik, owned by @arielwestberg ! Look at that fancy trot! 🤩
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Sofi, my three year old PRE mare, is already out of the round pen and working in the dressage court!
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#babysteps #dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #dressagetrainer #younghorse #equestrianlife #horse #horsesofinstagram #instahorse #andalusianhorse #purarazaespañola #pre #marepower #lauragdressage #fortissimofarm

Congrats Jodi and Pierce on an awesome first show of the season! This was their first rated show at First Level and these two nailed it - and earned qualifying scores for Championships!!!
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Thank you @sc_equestriancenter for another fantastic (and socially distanced!) dressage show!
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#dressage #dressagehorse #dressageshow #horseshow #horseshowlife #equestrianlife #morganhorse #horsesofinstagram #instahorse #dressagehorsesofinstagram #proudtrainer #teamlgd #lauragdressage @ Southern California Equestrian Center

Happy birthday Sofi!!!
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#dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #andalusianhorse #pre #purarazaespañola #threeyearsold #happybirthday #marepower #equestrianlife #lauragdressage

Happy Friday! Looking forward to a weekend full of sunshine and saddle time! Are you riding this weekend?
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#dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #happyfriday #letsride #weekendvibes #fortissimofarm #lauragdressage

Sofi - 3 years old and so smart! While I've ridden many Andalusians throughout my career so far, Sofi is the first one I've personally owned. Her work ethic is second to none! I'm so looking forward to seeing where we go!
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Italian study shows: risk of spreading COVID-19 while riding almost non-existing

https://equnews.com/corona/italian-study-shows-risk-of-spreading-covid-19-while-riding-almost-non-existing?fbclid=IwAR3YU5AfXy645DH4x3RKnBa_-CzgBWmEghxgImGaxdHpDLmpISDMhmr9Kpc

equnews.com The CONI (Italian Ministry of Sport and the Italian Committee) has done a study with the University...

My Oldenburg mare Stella D'Oro, bred by Kate Landon, with her 2019 CDS LA year end awards.
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First Level Champion and Reserve Champion High Score with a high score average of just over 75%!
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Thank you Morgan Gardiner for the beautiful photos!

Sarah Keever and Special Blessing (known affectionately as Singer) show off their well-deserved 2019 year end awards!
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USDF All Breeds Trakehner awards, Los Angeles CDS awards, and more! Sarah has done all the riding and training on this rising star.
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Congrats to a great 2019 season! I can't wait to see where we go in the future and I'm so honored to be part of the journey!
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We have one opening for a large "in and out" stall at Fortissimo Farm - a full service boarding and dressage training facility located conveniently in Shadow Hills.

Fortissimo Farm is a peaceful and positive environment where, even in Los Angeles, horses can live a natural life with access to quality hay and outdoor turn out and riders can grow and develop the partnerships with their horses to their fullest potential.

Fortissimo Farm is a small, boutique facility, where all aspects of care are included - no more being nickeled and dime over individual services! Openings at our farm, especially our "in and out" stalls, are rare!

Take advantage of this opportunity! Shoot me a message or give me a call (402-560-3562) to find out more about this amazing facility! Your horse will thank you!

Who's ready to kick up their heels this weekend? Stella sure is! 😅
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And on a more serious note, never lunge without a whip. The whip is not only for making a horse go. You need to sure you can keep your horse away from you... just in case they're feeling as good as my girl was today!
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#dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #dressagetrainer #marepower #equestrian #equestrianlife #groundwork #lauragdressage

#flashbackfriday to Hero and I working on serptines a few weeks ago. Anyone who has ridden with me knows how much I love, love, love serpentines!
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Try this exercise! Start by riding a three loop serpentine in trot, using the full arena.
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Turn early, making one of your loops a little smaller, aiming for the quarter line before the rail.
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As you ride the turn, leg yield out toward the rail. As you finish riding the loop, straighten your horse and change direction.
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Repeat on all the loops of your serpentine! Ride the loops incorporating a few steps of leg yield out and make sure you can straighten your horse (this is important!) as you change direction.
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Once you can ride a three loop serpentine, try for four loops, then five! The goal is to make your horse soft and supple through the turns and quick to move off your inside leg to the outside rein, while still respecting the half halt and straightening aids.

So true! 😅 Thank you @bellis299 and @breezymeadowstables for finding this one!
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#calmdown #lauragdressage

Feeling grateful for blue skies, great rides, and amazing clients - even if I have to stay six feet away from them!
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#dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #dressagetrainer #barnfamily #lauragdressage

A little rain (or alot this week!) doesn't stop us! Yep, we're riding this morning - love our arena! 🥰

It was pouring rain yesterday but you'd never know it by looking at our arena today! We love our arena at Fortissimo Farm!
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#dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #raindoesntstopus #nevernotworking #fortissimofarm #lauragdressage

Handsome Hero showing everyone how it's done! Can you say uphill? 🤩
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#dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #dressagetrainer #dutchwarmblood #superstar #lauragdressage @ Laura Goodenkauf Dressage

Riding in my new gear from JustStrong for the first time today! I LOVE their sports bras! Like, seriously, how did I ever ride all these big-moving dressage horses without a sports bra as awesome as this??? The shirt is made from a moisture-wicking athletic fabric and is super comfortable, too.

Check out this link: https://www.juststrong.com/?rfsn=3785337.3ceba0 or the link in my bio to my website, which will connect you to the JustStrong site so you can get an amazing sports bra, too! Be sure to use the code LAGOOD10 for a discount!
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Check out our newest team member- Hero! Looking forward to the future with this big guy! (Seriously, he's over 18 hands!)
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#dressage #dressagehorse #dressagetraining #dutchwarmblood #fortissimofarm #lauragdressage #teamlgd

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