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


Lessons from a Dressage Riding Vacation in Italy
The journey to an Italian dressage school opens one rider’s eyes... 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


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

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Are lumps or swellings under the jaw reason for concern?
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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

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How Do I Perform a Half Halt When Riding My Dressage Horse?

Pulling backward on the reins creates a tug-of-war between you and your 1,000-plus-pound horse, which you will eventually lose. A horse’s usual answer to a rider pulling is to push forward with his head, neck and chest. Horses who push into the bit may convince the rider to pull harder, thus continuing the tug-of-war. Read More

Lessons from a Dressage Riding Vacation in Italy

by Jec A. Ballou

The journey to an Italian dressage school opens one rider’s eyes to the essence of equestrian art. Read More

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

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