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Dressage Solutions: Make Your Circles Round

Try this tip from Sylvia Loch.

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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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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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The Secrets of the Half Halt with Conrad Schumacher

Trainer Conrad Schumacher explains step by step how to master the intricacies of the half halt and ride it correctly—whatever the situation.

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Dressage Schooling Notebook: An Exercise of Circles

Improve your horse’s straightness and contact with this dressage training exercise from Gerhard Politz.

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Rules of the Ring: Universal Dressage Ring Etiquette

Beth Beukema shares 12 rules to help riders determine who has the right of way in a crowded arena.

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Christoph Hess: The Importance of the Stretch

Learn to correct a tight neck by riding your horse forward and downward to the hand.

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Sharpen Your Attention to Detail in Dressage Training

Reese Koffler-Stanfield explains why correct dressage training is all about the details.

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Small Steps to Piaffe with Shelly Francis, Part 1

How to develop a strong foundation for a challenging upper-level movement.

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Suppleness: Kathleen Raine's Key to Success in Dressage

How to achieve this must-have component of your horse’s dressage training

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How Can I Stay Centered in My Seat While Riding?

Claudia Coley answers this reader-submitted question.

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Is the Training Scale Fit for Iberian Horses?

Matt McLaughlin answers this reader question.

Credit: Amy K. Dragoo If you want to ride more accurately, you have to look up, look ahead and look where you want to be next.

How Can I Ride My Dressage Movements More Accurately?

USDF gold medalist Mica Mabragaña discusses the importance of accuracy when riding dressage.

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How to Judge and Ride Circles and Voltes with Janet Foy

Janet Foy explains correct execution of circles, voltes and serpentines with tips for both dressage riders and judges.

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How Do I Weight My Inside Seat Bone Correctly in a Volte, Circle or Shoulder-In?

The seat bone seems to me like one of the most important aids the rider has. How do I weight it correctly when riding a volte, circle or shoulder-in?

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Advice to Help Straighten a Crooked Canter

Barb Crabbe, DVM, answers a reader's question about her horse's crookedness at canter and offers some exercises to help strengthen the horse and straighten the canter.

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A Winter Warm-Up Exercise for Dressage Horses

Try this helpful exercise that benefits both horses with too much energy and those who get tight through the back.

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The Unwritten Rules of Dressage Test Riding

Follow these points for each dressage level to improve your dressage test scores.

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How to Maximize Points for Dressage Test Success with Janet Foy

FEI 5* judge Janet Foy explains how attention to detail can earn you those extra points in the show ring—from making a strong first impression to riding each movement with precision, these helpful hints will turn your test from average to great.

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George Williams' Kindergarten Exercises to Learn the Aids

George Williams gives you nine exercises to become more effective with the application and timing of your aids.