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Teaching the Dressage Horse the Rein-Back
The rein-back is an exercise that is remarkably simple, and yet... read more

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Create an Open "Backline"
Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Wendy Satara at... read more

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Summer Fly Control for Horses
The most common mistake horse owners make is not treating or... read more

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Margaret Freeman

One Good Turn

by Margaret Freeman
I was watching a trainer recently telling her student about how to approach the half pirouette on the diagonal, seen in Fourth and Prix St. Georges. She suggested, since this rider's pirouettes tended to be a tad large, that she start wide on the diagonal coming out of the corner so that the pirouette would finish on the correct line (and thus maybe fool the judge). ...Read More


Margaret Freeman

By the Numbers

by Margaret Freeman
It doesn’t happen very often any more, but an on-deck rider in the ring where I was judging last Sunday showed up without a bridle number. Thus, I couldn’t let her ride (and technically she could have been eliminated, according to USEF Rule Book DR 121.11, which requires a number any time a horse is being exercised or ridden). Since it had been raining hard, she had the benefit of the doubt that t...Read More


Margaret Freeman

The Long and Short of It

by Margaret Freeman
My dressage judge brain kicked in as I watched American Pharoah’s galloping stride, comparing it to the horses in his wake. During the preshow I heard his jockey Victor Espinoza describe AP’s stride as being so long that he seemed to be going slowly when he was really going fast. Gee, I thought, that sounds just like a lengthening in a dressage test. (Okay, dressage brain, there are times when you...Read More


Margaret Freeman

Half Passes: Getting into the Flow

by Margaret Freeman
USEF Senior Dressage Judge explains the half pass....Read More


Article Archives

Increase Your Horse's Responsiveness to Your Aids

by Sabine Rijssenbeek

Good communication between a horse and rider is a basic foundation in proper training. The horse’s willingness to move forward is essential. To improve your mare’s response to the whip, I suggest the following procedure. Keep in mind that to develop throughness and good impulsion, the horse needs to respond to the leg aids with the whip as additional support. I have used this procedure successfull Read More

Teaching the Dressage Horse the Rein-Back

by Lendon Gray with Annie Morris

The rein-back is an exercise that is remarkably simple, and yet many riders and trainers don’t seem committed to practicing it enough. At the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, I decided to make a personal study of the movement among the top riders in the world. The rein-back was recently reintroduced to the Grand Prix test, and very few of the top athletes were able to demonstrate a high qu Read More

Summer Fly Control for Horses

by Clara Ann Mason, DVM

The most common mistake horse owners make is not treating or eliminating the flies breeding and resting grounds. The second most common mistake is treating all fly populations located on the horse as if they are the same insect. Fly-control methods vary depending on the species of fly attacking your horse. Here are things you need to be aware of: Read More

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