Circle Of Aids

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Should I Use Different Aids to Ride a Young Horse?

Sabine Ense answers this reader question.

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Uncover the Mystery of “On the Bit”

A horse who is on the bit trusts the rider’s aids and accepts the contact with the bit.

Credit: Gil Makover Carmen Deville Makover and her young PRE stallion, Quinones Mac, compete at First Level.

Improve Reaction Time in the Circle of Aids

Suzanne von Dietze critiques Carmen Deville Makover and her PRE stallion at First Level.

Jessica Viverios O’Donnell aboard Brendan serves as a demonstration rider at the New England Dressage Association’s 2012 Spring Symposium with (unmounted, from left) Michael Poulin and Carol Lavell.

A Correct Foundation for Dressage

Michael Poulin and Carol Lavell explain why correct rider position and connection are the keys to dressage success.

Credit: Micki Dobson To hold the whip, lay it across the palm of your dominant hand. While keeping your wrist relaxed and still, close your hand softly around the whip with your thumb placed alongside your fingers.

Karl Mikolka: The Dressage Whip's Place in the Circle of Aids

A German master explains why dressage riders need whips, plus tips to select the best whip for you and your horse.

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Oded Shimoni's Invisible Half Halt

Learn how to create sophisticated half halts that enhance your horse's movement.

Felicitas von Neumann-Cosell rides Hosanna, an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare. Hosanna shows the difference from a working trot to a more powerful and cadenced trot, with clearly more expression and change of balance toward her hindquarters. | Photo by Mary McKenna

Create Positive Tension for a Better Dressage Frame

FEI trainer Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel explains the training tools that can motivate and guide the horse to create positive tension and carry himself in a dressage frame.