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Increase Your Horse's Responsiveness to Your Aids
Good communication between a horse and rider is a basic... read more

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A Dressage Rider's Renaissance
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The Bitless Bridle Debate
The drive to allow bitless bridles in dressage picks up steam—and... read more

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

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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

A Dressage Rider's Renaissance

by Nina Heller-Fields

One rider explains how patience, perseverance and respect for the individual needs of her horse were the keys to an epiphany. Read More

The Bitless Bridle Debate

by Kelly Sanchez

The drive to allow bitless bridles in dressage picks up steam—and controversy. Read More

Top Notch Care for Horse Equipment

by Kelly Sanchez

Horsepeople can be a remarkably sentimental lot. They wouldn’t think of parting with their first Breyer model (even if it is missing a leg or two), the tarnished silver bottle opener in the shape of a boot won at a long-forgotten horse show or the box of moldering Pony Club ribbons. Hanging on to old bridles and saddles is a trickier proposition. Read More

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