Annie Morris

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How to Ride the Half Halt with Jan Ebeling

The half halt is a combination of forward aids and restricting aids that will put your horse in balance and on the bit.

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Annie Morris: My Equestrian Life in Portugal During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Part 2

In this article, Annie Morris shares an update on her life in Portugal while explaining some helpful dressage exercises ridden on long lines that focus on alignment.

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Annie Morris: My Equestrian Life in Portugal During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Longtime Dressage Today contributor Annie Morris shares how COVID-19 has affected her equestrian lifestyle in Portugal.

Credit: Beth Baumert Remember, every moment you’re riding, you’re training your horse, so you’re either training the walk to be better or worse.

Pedaling: A Technique to Improve Your Dressage Horse's Walk

How pedaling can help your horse develop rhythmic suppleness in his back

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How to Develop "Feel" as a Dressage Rider and Find Harmony with Your Horse

Explore the definition of "feel" and the prerequisites for it, then try some exercises to develop it yourself.

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5 Exercises for Rider Suppleness with Jessica Jo Tate

Learn how to use your "absorbing joints" to better follow your horse's motion.

Credit: Beth Baumert When you are mounted, you want to feel that when you turn your shoulders, they stay perpendicular to an imaginary rod along your spine from your hips to your head. Your hips pivot slightly in the same direction so they are in the correct position to bend the horse. Annie Morris rides Liqueur, owned by Randi Nelson Shipley.

How to Use Correct Body Alignment to Ride Bending Lines

Use correct body alignment to ride a bending line with true connection.

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Straightness: How to Align the Horse

Katherine Bateson-Chandler explains how it is the job of the rider to make the horse as even on both sides as possible, therefore improving his straightness.

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Straightness and Suppleness for the Dressage Horse

Sabine Ense explains what straightness means and how you can achieve it. Only a horse who is supple can be straight.

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Tune Your Riding Position to Put Your Horse into “Drive”

Understand what it means to have your horse "in front of the leg."

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The Secret to Free, Forward Collection

Beth Baumert explains why this kind of collection is the natural result of forward half halts and forward downward transitions

Credit: Lindsay Paulsen My month-long adventure in Germany began in Hamburg, a port city in the north.

A Dressage Journey Through Germany

DT’s managing editor Lindsay Paulsen reflects on her trip of a lifetime to this major equestrian destination.

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.

Joanna Allmeling and Avril, owned by Karen Klemt, compete at Hohnstorf in Lauenburg Elbe, Germany.

Warm-Up Strategies for Show-Ring Success

Rider and Trainer Endel Ots shares his tips for preparing to ride a dressage test.

Credit: SusanJStickle.com Rachel Chowanec (shown) and Courtney King-Dye are two long-time students of Lendon Gray who exemplify following the horse’s movement extremely well.

The Rider's Role in Self-Carriage

Lendon Gray explains how the use of passive aids can improve a horse's self-carriage.

Credit: Beth Baumert Annie Morris rides her own 8-year-old PRE gelding, Icaro.

Develop Your Horse's Sense of Readiness with Volker Brommann

FEI rider and trainer offers his thoughts on how to effectively ride a dressage horse

Credit: Beth Baumert The dressage stance off the horse

Ride with a 'Library-Quiet' Position

Jeremy Steinberg explains exercises to help you improve your dressage position and ride with invisible aids.