Basics

May 19

Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel—Focus on Training Level Basics

Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel works with a rider to fine tune straight lines, serpentines and bend required for training level.

Credit: Jerry Morris 1. The rider uses a combination of the lower back, seat and leg to bring the horse’s energy evenly into both reins without changing the rhythm or tempo of the gait. This step brings the horse’s energy forward toward the bit.

Half Halts Simplified with Kathy Connelly

Kathy Connelly teaches you simple steps to practice and perfect the half halt.

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Why Good Basics Are So Important in Dressage

Gabriel Armando draws on his personal experience to explain why all dressage riders need a solid foundation of basic skills.

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Marilyn Heath: What A Dressage Judge Wants to See

This USEF “S” judge offers her view on what she wants to see from dressage riders and their horses.

Credit: SusanJStickle.com Courtney King-Dye rides Grandioso early on.

Don't Rush the Basics in Dressage

Courtney King-Dye Explains Why

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Dressage Basics: How to Ride 15- and 10-Meter Figure Eights

Learn how to apply your skills riding 15- and 10-meter circles to various dressage training exercises.

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Go Back to Basics to Build a Solid Training Foundation

Instead of a quick fix or short cut, go back to basics to build a solid foundation of training.