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How Do I Ride a Clean Walk-Canter Depart on My Dressage Horse?
First let’s talk about the walk–canter transition. Most young... 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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Rider Exercises to Increase Shoulder Stability and Create Soft Hands
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Work and Play at Dressage Today

Time for Devon!

by Jennifer Mellace
In the late 90’s I was boarding at a small breeding farm in New Jersey. Several years in a row, the farm’s owner took a few youngsters to the breed show at Dressage at Devon (DAD) in Devon, Pennsylvania. I was lucky enough to tag along as an extra pair of hands. I remember the excitement we all felt as we readied the horses and trailers for the three-hour trek to the historic show grounds with the...Read More

Margaret Freeman

Going Home to My First Tack Shop

by Margaret Freeman
Can you even really go home again? Thomas Wolfe and others have asked this question in various forms, and my own thoughts on the subject arose as I wandered around my hometown of Portland, Oregon, in the week following my 50th high school reunion....Read More

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

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Rider Exercises to Increase Shoulder Stability and Create Soft Hands

by Rebecca Ashton

Rider Exercises to Increase Shoulder Stability and Create Soft Hands Read More

Keep Your Horse Well-Hydrated At Home And On The Road

by Cynthia McFarland

If you could snap your fingers and remove all the water from your horse’s body, there wouldn’t be a whole lot left. The average adult horse’s body contains approximately 70% water. In other words, there are roughly 700 pounds of water in the average 1,000 lb. horse. Read More

Can Wiggling My Fingers Help Get My Horse on the Bit?

by John Zopatti

Wiggling your fingers is neither a quick fix nor a correct technique to get your horse on the bit. The only part of the horse that wiggling your fingers affects is his jaw. While you might feel that you gain control by wiggling the bit, the only thing you control is the horse’s head, neck and flexion, leaving the rest of the body uninfluenced. This can be described as front-to-back riding. Read More

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

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