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Free Your Dressage Horse’s Shoulders
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Margaret Freeman

Helmet Buckle Bungle

by Margaret Freeman
A friend told me last week about a brief “yikes” moment while watching a student of hers in the show ring recently. The young rider’s chin strap came unsnapped midway through her test. Fortunately, the rider kept her cool. She halted, refastened the strap (not always easy to do when wearing gloves) and then continued her test. The judge did not penalize her....Read More

I Walk the Line

by Pam Stone
It needn't be boring! As Doctor Gillis prescribed, rehab for Forrest should include changes of direction: big circles and serpentines, changes of tempo within the walk and transitions into and out of halts....Read More

Margaret Freeman

Really Straight Center Lines

by Margaret Freeman
I judged Novice and Preliminary tests, equivalent to Training and First Levels in straight dressage. I think I may have used the dreaded “behind vertical” comment only once the whole day. Most of the horses, even the Novice ones, were reliably on the bit and, if I did say “Above the bit, 6,” it was mostly just on a transition from trot to canter, which is the usual suspect. ...Read More

Margaret Freeman

Uneven Bit Pressure

by Margaret Freeman
A rider should always ask herself if she feels the same amount of pressure on both sides of the horse’s mouth. If the answer is no, then she has to look for the reason and next ask herself if the unequal pressure is coming from her hands or starts at the bit. ...Read More

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A Lesson in Handling Young Horses

by Ingrid Klimke

In times past, it was very common for a trainer to take on the education of a horse from a foal. During the foal’s development basic rules were taught, making it far easier to introduce ridden work later on. Nowadays, it’s normal for riders to buy horses who are 3- and 4-years-old and already ridden. Read More

Performance Equine Bodywork

by Jim Masterson and Coralie Hughes

Using Masterson Method techniques to find and release tension in your horse’s body Read More

Free Your Dressage Horse’s Shoulders

by Susanne von Dietze

At the moment this photo was taken, Bloo is in the landing phase of the left-canter stride, and one can see that she is reaching with her hind leg well under the rider’s weight. Her shoulders appear a little heavy. Specifically, her inside shoulder and front leg appear a little tense and not reaching out as free and forward as I would like to see in this phase of the canter stride. Bloo’s nose-lin Read More

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