Behind The Vertical

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4 Signs You Are Riding Your Dressage Horse Too Short in the Neck

A short neck indicates a problem in the connection and the early steps of the dressage pyramid of training—rhythm, relaxation, seeking the contact. William Solyntjes discusses four symptoms of a short neck.

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The Importance of Riding in a Stretching Position

Uta Gräf of Germany explains that this exercise is an important part of training not just for young horses or dressage horses, but for all horses.

Credit: Silke Rottermann It is a requirement of dressage that the horse go with his poll at the highest point and his nose slightly in front of the vertical. A person on the ground can help you tell if this requirement is met. If someone is not available, mirrors are a good substitute.

How to Determine If Your Horse Is Behind the Vertical (Without Mirrors!)

USDF “S” judge Marilyn Heath offers advice on how to tell if your dressage horse is going with his poll at the highest point and his nose slightly in front of the vertical.