Cavalletti

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How to Correct a Horse Who Gets Heavy and Leans into Contact

Alex Wortmann answers this reader question, explaining how to correctly apply driving aids in conjunction with restraining rein aids.

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Cross-Training with Cavalletti

Grand Prix dressage trainer Nicholas Fyffe shares why and how he utilizes cavalletti to cross-train his horses.

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VIDEO: Nicholas Fyffe on Cross-Training for Horse and Rider

Nicholas invites his student and her horse to join him through the cavalletti exercise, offering viewers a look at how two very different horses can utilize the same exercise.

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Training the Happy Dressage Athlete with JJ Tate

How to develop your dressage horse by teaching him to love learning

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Trot Lengthenings: The What, The Why and The How

Carole Grant explains how to do this basic dressage movement.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst- arnd.nl The best way to modify a horse’s postural habits is to focus on activating a wide range of muscles.

Modifying Muscle Patterns to Build a Better Equine Athlete

Understand why and how you should activate a greater range of muscles in your horse’s body.

Cross-training is good for all athletes, including horses, and there are numerous options available to add variety and reap rewards of improved flexibility, endurance and strength. Here Grand Prix rider Nicholas Fyffe rides Fiero HGF, a P.R.E. stallion.

Nicholas Fyffe: Cross-Training for Horse and Rider

A Grand Prix trainer explains how cross-training for the horse and rider can improve performance.

Credit: Silke Rottermann Long, straight lines going up a gradual slope, interspersed with some steeper grades, will work wonders for strengthening a horse’s haunches and creating a more uphill balance.

How to Remedy Forging in Dressage Horses

Joy Congdon explains some common causes of forging and shares some simple, fun ways to help strengthen your horse.

Credit: Courtesy of Trafalgar Square Books Natural gymnastic work can ensure that your horse’s joints become more supple and his stamina and muscle tone improve.

Ingrid Klimke on Cross-Training with Cavalletti

Follow Ingrid Klimke’s six-week plan for dressage horses and see her sample cavalletti layouts.

Credit: PhelpsPhotos.com Ingrid Klimke poses with her father, the late Dr. Reiner Klimke, in 1999.

The Klimke Approach to Dressage

Germany’s Olympic eventing gold medalist and Grand Prix dressage rider, Ingrid Klimke carries on her legendary father’s classical approach to dressage.

Cadence: The marked accentuation of the rhythm and (musical) beat that is a result of a steady and suitable tempo harmonizing with a springy impulsion. —USDF Glossary of Dressage Judging Terms.

Kathleen Raine: From Rhythm to Cadence

Kathleen Raine discusses how to make your horse move with better rhythm and more expression.

Credit: Terri Miller The collected walk requires concentration and feeling.

How to Improve Your Dressage Horse's Collected Walk

An FEI judge gives exercises and advice for riders and judges.

Lisa Wilcox and Ernst Hoyos stand next to Hallie Ahrnsbrak riding Emmitt Sport, a Friesian gelding owned by John Bartlett. Ahrnsbrak says,

Lisa Wilcox's Toughest Dressage Training Challenge: The Flying Change

Olympian Lisa Wilcox had to get creative and find a new way to teach a Friesian dressage horse the flying change.