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Dressage Schooling Notebook: Transitions with Cindy Ishoy

Strengthen and supple your horse with a series of upward and downward transitions.

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The Beauty of a Beginner Rider's Attitude

Cindy Sydnor reflects on the rider's learning process and the importance of an open mind.

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Use Transitions to Develop Your Dressage Horse's Throughness: A Four-Step Exercise

Ride through these four steps from Beth Baumert to improve your horse's throughness.

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Dressage Basics: The Dressage Arena and 20-Meter Circles

Learn about the measurements of the large dressage arena and how to apply them to your riding.

Credit: Reprinted from Dressage Solutions by Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg Spiraling in and spiraling out on a 20-meter circle are exercises that can be used on young horses and it stays relevant all the way through Grand Prix.

How to Ride a Spiral Circle

Katherine Bateson-Chandler explains this useful exercise to help develop collection while maintaining forwardness.

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3 Exercises to Improve Transitions Into and Out of Canter Lengthenings

Joy Congdon explains how to maintain control over a horse who likes to run in canter lengthenings.

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Dressage Terminology Explained: "In Front of the Leg"

Heidi Chote explains what it means for a horse to be "in front of the leg."

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Christoph Hess: The Importance of the Stretch

Learn to correct a tight neck by riding your horse forward and downward to the hand.

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A Common Mistake in First Level Lengthenings

Margaret Freeman shares a tip on lengthenings in First Level tests and discusses the importance of staying straight.

Credit: Courtesy, Annie Morris  During the leg yield along the wall, the horse is at about a 30-degree angle to the wall.

Let the Leg Yield Work for You

This exercise helps horses become more flexible in the shoulders, back and hips and develops the connection through the horse’s body.

Credit: Beth Baumert A rider should find her line of travel with her eyes and then ride it from her seat.

A Dressage Rider's Guide to Accuracy and Balance

Learn about the effect your balance has on the independence of your aids and how riding accurate figures can improve you and your horse's balance.

Credit: Amy K. Dragoo If you have a horse who tends to become mentally excited and nervous when sharing warm-up arena space with many other horses, it would be best to find an area with the least amount of interference from others.

Warm-Up Exercises for First Level Dressage

Lisa El-Ramey Hyslop shares her tips for a proper warm-up.

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Dressage Basics: The Small Dressage Arena and 20-Meter Circles

Learn how to ride a 20-meter circle in the small arena.

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Advice to Help Straighten a Crooked Canter

Barb Crabbe, DVM, answers a reader's question about her horse's crookedness at canter and offers some exercises to help strengthen the horse and straighten the canter.

Get Your Dressage Horse to Stretch Down into Contact

FEI dressage rider and trainer Jerry Schwartz gives you a six-step plan for asking your horse to stretch down into the contact.