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How Can I Successfully School My Horse on My Own?
Dressage is a sport of subtleties and intricacies, so working... read more


Shopping for the Perfect Dressage Horse
As outlined in the first segment of this series, for many... 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


The Bitless Bridle Debate
The drive to allow bitless bridles in dressage picks up steam—and... read more

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Fear: A Necessary (But Manageable) Part of Riding
Sports psychologist Jenny Susser explains how to deal with fear... read more

Dressage Today Reader's Report

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Dressage at 8,000 Feet

by Margaret Freeman
I was judging last week at Estes Park, Colorado, at 8,000 feet above sea level. (Maybe someone out there can tell me if this could be the highest elevation for a dressage show in the U.S.?) I judged several years ago at Ridgeway, Colorado, which seemed really up there at the time, but it turns out that it was only 7,000 feet, although it was harder to get to....Read More

Margaret Freeman

Lines in the Sand

by Margaret Freeman
Last week a friend I’ve been coaching rode a test while I read for her. I guess I should have done a better job of describing the ideal protocol before the test starts because she rode her warm-up round about as far from the dressage ring area as she could, hugging the perimeter rail. Sure enough, during the test, the horse had several OMG moments, flying sideways away from the rail....Read More

Margaret Freeman

Saying Thank You

by Margaret Freeman
This is not the sexiest of blog topics but it goes to the heart of helping major shows to survive. Sponsors are needed when there is prize money or significant prizes involved. And sponsors are entitled to feel appreciated for their efforts....Read More

Remember To Smile

Transitions, Transitions, Transitions!

by Pam Stone
Pretty much any trainer will tell you that riding countless transitions is THE secret to helping improve impulsion, strength and balance. And for Forrest, an ex-race horse whose biggest challenge is adapting to a completely different balance beneath his rider (as this rider doesn't hike her stirrups up to her armpits and lean over his neck), it's particularly true. But I think what perhaps isn't a...Read More

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Shopping for the Perfect Dressage Horse

by Jennifer Keeler

As outlined in the first segment of this series, for many dressage riders and owners looking for a new horse, the draw of Europe is irresistible, and generations of competitors have experienced a great deal of success importing mounts to the United States. But for many equestrians, staying close to home and concentrating their horse-shopping efforts right here in America have been another successf Read More

Make That First Impression Count: What Judges Are Looking For When It Comes To Grooming

by Cynthia McFarland

The moment you enter the show ring, your horse is on display. All your diligent grooming efforts are about to pay off. Making a memorable first impression happens in seconds, but it takes much... Read More

Improve Your Dressage Seat

by Isabelle von Neumann-Cosel

To most riders, their seat position on the horse feels normal. It is the result of genetic facts, well-trained muscle memory and long-lasting habits. Every rider becomes numb to his or her problems and even his or her own obvious mistakes while sitting on the horse. Therefore the improvement of the rider’s seat is one of the most difficult goals to achieve: One has to mistrust the feel in his or h Read More

2015 Pan American Games Dressage

by Karen Robinson

U.S. team earns golden ticket to 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Read More

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