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Finding a New Degree of Expression with Klaus Balkenhol

Jennifer Baumert's lessons from German master Klaus Balkenhol on getting the most from your horse

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4 Exercises for Counter Canter + Fly Control Tips

George and Noel Williams explain how to help you develop your horse’s straightness and collection.

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Training Tips to Introduce Haunches-In (Travers)

Haunches-in can be a beneficial training tool when it is correctly applied. In this article, Gerhard Ablinger explains how to determine if your horse is ready to learn haunches-in and shares some tips to introduce it.

Credit: Reprinted from Dressage Solutions by Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg Spiraling in and spiraling out on a 20-meter circle are exercises that can be used on young horses and it stays relevant all the way through Grand Prix.

How to Ride a Spiral Circle

Katherine Bateson-Chandler explains this useful exercise to help develop collection while maintaining forwardness.

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Are You Ready to Move Up to Second Level?

Kate Fleming-Kuhn explains how to be sure you and your dressage horse are prepared before moving up a level.

Angard is an 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Elisabeth Ehrenrooth.

Building Power In Relaxation with Hubertus Schmidt

A top German dressage professional explains how to make your horse active and cadenced without losing relaxation.

If a horse is struggling to keep his balance in the canter, it is best for the rider to use the Training Scale to help problem-solve the issue.

How to Help Your Horse Maintain Balance in Canter

Lisa Pierson answers a reader question and explains how to balance your horse in the canter with exercises to improve engagement.

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What is Doma Vaquera?

Manuel Trigo explains this Spanish term, which can be loosely translated as a Spanish version of Western dressage.

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Introducing Your Dressage Horse to the Double Bridle

Gina Smith explains how to begin incorporating the double bridle in your work when your horse is ready for it.

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How to Use the Dressage Pyramid of Training

Use this conceptual tool to help your riding in a practical way.

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Examine Rider Body Balance During Extension and Collection

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques a Fourth Level combination.

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How to Assess Progress in Your Dressage Training

Jan Brons explains steps you can take to avoid frustration for you and your horse as you move forward in your training.

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Janet Foy: How to Ride a Shoulder-In

This expert explains why shoulder-in is a go-to exercise in her dressage training.

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Improve Use of Weight Aids to Influence the Horse

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Sabine Anne Irbe and her 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood at the Young Rider level.

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Scott Hassler: Collection with Throughness and Forward Desire

An international trainer and competitor explains the process behind finding perfect collection.

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The Secret to Free, Forward Collection

Beth Baumert explains why this kind of collection is the natural result of forward half halts and forward downward transitions

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The Physics of Flexion in the Dressage Horse

Take a look at the topic of longitudinal flexion through a scientific lens and learn why it is an important goal of classical dressage.

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.

Credit: Beth Baumert Annie Morris rides her own 8-year-old PRE gelding, Icaro.

Develop Your Horse's Sense of Readiness with Volker Brommann

FEI rider and trainer offers his thoughts on how to effectively ride a dressage horse

With Sharon McCusker and Wrigley, Kyrklund explains the correct use of the resisting elbow as she presses on the back of McCusker’s upper arm. See what she does next on page 47.

Insights into Dressage Training from Kyra Kyrklund

Kyra Kyrklund explains her training philosophy, with focus on collection and tools for achieving it.

Credit: Emily Austin Photography Sandra Daugirda poses with Zee and clinician Lilo Fore.

The 10-Track Mind: A Dressage Lesson with Lilo Fore

10 key points for riding like a dressage professional