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How Can I Ride My Dressage Movements More Accurately?
In my opinion riding accurate figures comes down to focus,... read more


Riding in Gratitude
I would like to give credit where credit is due to Chuck and... 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 Purpose of Dressage Movements
Janet Foy explains the purpose and place of dressage movements in... read more

Health & Fitness

Why Does My Horse's Back Feel Uneven?
Asymmetry is part of nature. We all have noticed eyes, toes and... read more

Dressage Today Reader's Report

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


Margaret Freeman

Half Pass: Get Your Rear in Gear

by Margaret Freeman
It’s true that the biggest issue at Third Level is to establish flying changes. But I often see riders also struggling with the half pass there, and often that problem persists longer, well into Fourth Level and FEI even when the changes have been conquered....Read More

Adrienne Lyle

Human Sports Science and Medicine Program: The Balanced Rider

by Adrienne Lyle
I recently had the privilege of attending the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s pilot session for their Human Sports Science and Medicine program. It is available to the top dressage, eventing and show jumping riders in this country thanks to the support of Elizabeth Juliano. The program is designed to help riders improve their preparation for competition and performance by working on injury prevention...Read More

Margaret Freeman

Young Horses at Liberty

by Margaret
When I work at a horse show, I usually don’t have to sign a liability waiver first. But, since I was helping out at a young horse show last weekend and would be in the enclosure where they would be working at liberty, it was a requirement. “Are you sure you’ll be okay in there?” asked the organizer. I found out that young horses are more respectful of a clipboard-wielding woman in a flapping rainc...Read More

Margaret Freeman

Halt, What Goes There?

by Margaret Freeman
I’ve judged something like 30,000 tests at recognized shows in the past 15 years (a rough average of 20 shows a year, two days a weekend, 50 tests a day = 2,000 tests a year, which is pretty typical for a lot of “S” judges)....Read More

Article Archives

Position 101

by Shannon Peters with Kelly Sanchez

In dressage, rider position and balance affect everything—the horse’s rhythm and tempo, his longitudinal and lateral balance and his willingness to go forward and come back. Being balanced in the saddle will also make your aids more clear to your horse. But as anyone who rides knows, finding and keeping your balance on a living, breathing, moving animal is an enormous challenge. Read More

Body Condition Scoring Your Horse

Body condition influences everything in your horse’s life, from reproductive efficiency, to performance, to good health. By using Body Condition... Read More

Riding in Gratitude

by Elise Elman

I would like to give credit where credit is due to Chuck and Joann Smith. They are the owners of Gypsy Woods Farm, in Richwood, Ohio, which is the home of Rocher and Marnix, two well-known horses who have competed in the highest level of dressage. Rocher, the Westphalen mare who competed internationally with George Williams, is now 24. Together, Rocher and Williams received numerous awards at th Read More

The Ultimate Winter Gear Guide

by Kat Neis

As the winter months approach, it’s time to start thinking ahead and preparing for cooler temperatures. From purchasing thermal layers to insulated snow boots or extra blankets for your herd, there are many steps to prepare for winter, regardless of where in the country you and your horse are located. Read More

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