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What is the Difference Between Rhythm and Tempo in Dressage?

Heather Blitz explains the difference between these two terms used commonly in dressage.

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Go Down to Go Up: Promoting Relaxation in the Horse's Back

Dressage Today blogger Pam Stone shares an update on her youngster Lucas and details her observations on gaining access to his back.

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2 Exercises to Improve the Pirouette Canter

Martin Kuhn gives advice to help you correct rhythm faults in the canter and encourage your horse to jump through the canter pirouette better.

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Tips to Pick Up the Correct Canter Lead

Try this advice from Heather Blitz to help you pick up the correct canter lead on your horse.

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My Go-To Dressage Warm-Up Exercise: Counter Yielding in Canter

Blogging contest winner and dressage professional Jenna Arnold shares a little bit about herself and explains one of her favorite exercises in her debut blog.

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How to Regulate Your Dressage Horse's Canter Tempo

Claudia Garner offers tips for turning a runaway canter into a controlled, cadenced movement.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl When you give the aid for the canter, your horse should respond immediately. He needs to know that your aids are giving him specific directions, not just asking him to run off.

How To Teach Your Horse to Pick Up the Correct Canter Lead

Dressage trainer Madeleine Austin gives advice on this common problem.

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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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24 Dressage Training Tips from Kyra Kyrklund

Five-time Olympian Kyra Kyrklund shares her dressage training secrets at a Kentucky symposium.

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Correct and Prevent Pumping with the Upper Body During Canter

A trainer, teacher and accomplished dressage competitor advises how to correct pumping with the upper body at the canter.

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16 Dressage Training Questions with Ingrid Klimke

This Grand Prix dressage rider and Olympic eventer discusses her training principles as they apply to horses rising through the levels.

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Can-ter ... with a little help from my friend, the transition.

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Create More Jump in Your Dressage Horse's Canter

Cindy Sydnor critiques this horse and rider.

Credit: Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz The half pass on the left is incorrect; the half pass on the right shows the correct straightness between bends.

Hilda Gurney: Requirements of the Dressage Horse at Fourth Level

An overview of the dressage movements that are introduced at Fourth Level with tips on how to ride them

Credit: Courtesy of Trafalgar Square Books The first goal during the early schooling phase is to reestablish the natural rhythm of the horse in each basic gait. Mandy Zimmer trains with German Olympian Klaus Balkenhol.

The Fundamentals of Rhythm in Dressage Work

Eckart Meyners explains how to establish the young horse’s natural rhythm under the weight of the rider.

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How to Ride and Judge the Dressage Zigzags

Janet Foy explains the intricacies of this dressage movement.

Credit: SusanJStickle.com Half pass is an advanced exercise and is executed well as a result of a horse and rider who are well trained and have a good understanding and solid foundation for the basics.

How Can I Make the Half Pass Flow?

Learn how your horse's stiff and hollow sides affect this movement.