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Switching Disciplines with Your Horse
Whether due to injury, preference or just plain curiosity, many... read more


Enjoying the Older Horse
Advancing in age is not generally honored or valued in our... 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

Health & Fitness

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

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


Work and Play at Dressage Today

Diversity Equals Beauty

by Jennifer Mellace
When I was a child, I would spend hours looking through my library of horse breed books. I had many favorites, including the Friesian with his flowing black mane and tail and the Clydesdale with his gorgeous feathers. What I loved most was the diversity of all the breeds and yet how they were all the same: horses. ...Read More

Margaret Freeman

Added Fun

by Margaret Freeman
I don’t want to hear anyone say that dressage isn’t fun. Maybe it’s not always fun to watch, but that’s when it’s not done well. When dressage is done well, it’s always fun to watch, no matter the level. But, it’s even more fun to do, a real participant’s sport even more than it is a spectator sport....Read More

Margaret Freeman

Fired Up Early About Dressage

by Margaret Freeman
I’ve spent the past couple weeks working on the program for Gray’s Youth Dressage Festival, which takes place the second week in August. I got involved with the Festival and Gray’s Dressage4Kids (D4K) organization when I lived near her base in Bedford New York. Just because I moved to North Carolina three years ago doesn’t get me off the hook. I still go back to judge every year and also to help a...Read More

Remember To Smile

Field Trip Part Deux

by Pam Stone
I am so very lucky to be able to take advantage of the schooling shows offered by Foothills Riding Club, here at our lovely and laid back facility known as FENCE. This was Forrest's second trip here and you can imagine my relief in that he was far, far, more manageable this outing. ...Read More

Article Archives

Symmetry of the Horse and Rider

by Lauren Sammis

Whether I am showing, training or teaching, I constantly think about balance and symmetry in the horse and rider. These qualities are crucial to the proper execution of every movement in dressage. To do well in dressage, you have to be aware of your body and your horse’s body at all times, and then you have to be able to calibrate your adjustments perfectly. Read More

Equine Spot-Ons Offer Round-the-Clock Inspect Protection

by Cynthia McFarland

It’s a buggy world out there, and your horse often pays the price. Now that warmer weather has finally arrived, many pests that were only memories during the winter are coming out in full force. Your horse’s comfort — not to mention his health — may face increased risk from a number of insects unless you intervene. Read More

Fear: A Necessary (But Manageable) Part of Riding

by Jenny Susser

Sports psychologist Jenny Susser explains how to deal with fear as related to riding. Read More

Enjoying the Older Horse

by Eva Colacicco

Advancing in age is not generally honored or valued in our society and this attitude carries over to our perception of the older horse. In this article, I hope to dispel the notion that the older horse should be automatically retired or overlooked as a suitable candidate for purchase. Older horses can be rewarding to ride, care for and share one’s life with. They are frequently sounder, wiser, mor Read More

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