Articles With 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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Dressage Training in Portugal with Miguel Ralão Duarte

Annie Morris shares tips she learned from riding with this top Portuguese dressage rider.

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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.

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Finding the Ideal Free Walk

Understand what constitutes a correct free walk and learn how you can help your horse produce a better free walk.

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Dressage Work on the Second Track

Incorporate this into your training to improve connection and straightness and help you feel the effects of having a horse truly on the outside rein, a critical component of any half halt.

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Finding Harmony in the Sitting Trot with Jane Karol

How to join your body with your horse’s so that you can feel balance, harmony and connection

If you try to add activity to a misaligned horse, the energy you create in the hind legs disappears out the crooked body part instead of passing through the back and connecting to the bit.

Activate Your Dressage Horse’s Motor

Learn what correct activity is and how the rider can use her aids to activate her horse’s motor.

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: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl Isabell Werth’s hips are always in balance with the horse because of her open hip angle.

Dressage Position: Balance and Your Hip Angle Explained

Learn how your hip angle can affect your balance in the saddle.

Credit: Photo courtesy, Annie Morris To practice the reaction to the aids, start with the simple exercise of walk–halt–walk transitions. At the halt, sit relaxed, soft and still.

Chris Hickey's Tips for Refining Your Aids

Learn how to refine your aids to a whisper as you progress in dressage training.

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Ride with a 'Library-Quiet' Position

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