“Harmony” is a term that is frequently used within the sport of dressage. It’s an elusive quality that is difficult ...

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How to Create Harmony With the Dressage Horse

To start, it’s paramount that we make it clear that the featured image of this post does not show correct ...

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How NOT to Do Dressage

You’re sure to get marked down in a dressage test if your horse is tense, right? Well, that depends on ...

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How to Create Positive Tension in the Dressage Horse

If you are to have any influence over your horse’s way of going, he must first be attentive to your ...

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How to Keep Your Horse Attentive to Your Aids

If you’ve ever seen the following comments, “above the bit,” “needs rounder outline,” “head too high,” or similar, on your ...

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How to Get Your Horse into an Outline

In lower-level dressage tests, you’ll be asked to show “a few lengthened strides” or “a few medium trot/canter strides.” That’s the ...

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How to Ride Transitions “On and Back” Within the Paces

If you live in an area where it’s quite hilly, you can use hacking out around those hills to your ...

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How to Use Hills in Dressage Training

Horses generally respond best to positive reinforcement when training rather than negative punishment.  You can, of course, train a horse ...

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How to Reward Your Horse During Dressage Training

You might have heard the expression, “ride your horse from back to front,” possibly from your instructor. But what does ...

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How to Ride Your Horse From “Back to Front”

Achieving true collection is the culmination of years of training and is the ultimate goal of every aspiring dressage rider ...

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How to Collect Your Horse