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Instruction

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

Lifestyle

A Show to Remember
When Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro were crowned the 2015 Reem... read more

Work and Play at Dressage Today

Go behind the scenes with the Editorial staff of Dressage Today. In the office, around the barn and at home. read more

Theory

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

Health & Fitness

Are lumps or swellings under the jaw reason for concern?
Kimberly Johnston , VMD, Dpil. ACVS explains whether lumps or... read more

Dressage Today Reader's Report

Dressage Today readers share their riding experiences, event information and more. read more

Blogs

Work and Play at Dressage Today

Increased Awareness

by Jennifer Mellace
Several years ago I was lucky enough to work one-on-one with a Pilates trainer. A friend and I met with this woman twice a week. We would first work on the reformer machine and then on floor exercises. Those few months of exercises, which had me focused on my alignment, breathing and balance, did wonders for my body awareness and, consequently, my position in the saddle. ...Read More


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


Article Archives

Are lumps or swellings under the jaw reason for concern?

by Kimberly Johnston, VMD, Dipl. ACVS

Kimberly Johnston , VMD, Dpil. ACVS explains whether lumps or swellings under you dressage horse's jaw can be reason for concern. Read More

A Show to Remember

by Karen Robinson

When Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro were crowned the 2015 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Champions on April 18, it marked the fourth time in a decade that the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas has hosted the world’s most high-profile annual dressage championship. Las Vegas hosted the final in 2005, 2007 and 2009, but went on a five-year World Cup hiatus until the event’s exciting return in 2015. Read More

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

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