Conformation

A closer study of conformation can provide insights on a horse’s strengths and weaknesses. Read more about how you can analyze your horse’s build.

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How Do I Know If My Horse's Hind End is Engaged Enough?

Dressage professional Gretchen DeMone answers this reader question.

Credit: Susan J. Stickle A skilled rider with refined body awareness helps the horse learn to work in a symmetrical balance, which results in less wear and tear on the horse’s body. Lauren Sammis rides Whitman, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding.

Developing Balance and Symmetry in the Dressage Horse and Rider

Lauren Sammis explains how constant awareness of your position in relation to your horse’s body is the key to proper riding.

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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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The Importance of Science in the Art of Dressage

Susan Mandas discusses the value of understanding the mechanics of motion.

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.

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Bog Spavin in Horses: Treatment and Prognosis

Greg Staller, DVM, explains potential causes, treatment options and prognosis for a dressage horse with bog spavin.

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What's in a Fly Spray Label?

Six secrets that the manufacturers don't always tell you

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Apply Fly Spray the Right Way

Use these tips for maximum effectiveness from your horse's insect repellent

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Develop Your Dressage Horse's Topline with Sue Blinks

Olympian Sue Blinks discusses developing your dressage horse’s topline so it serves as a suspension bridge of musculature, making self-carriage possible.

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.

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The Anatomy of Dressage-Horse Hindquarters

Understand the structure and biomechanics of the horse’s engine as it relates to dressage.

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What to Look for When Buying a Baroque Horse

Kristina Harrison explains how to assess rideability, temperament, gaits and conformation when buying a Baroque horse.

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Managing Your Horse's Weight

Equine nutritionist Mary Beth Gordon, PhD, explains how to assess your horse's weight and condition and improve his fitness level.