Connection

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What is Correct Arm Position for Dressage Riders?

Sandy Osborn answers this reader-submitted question.

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How to Correct a Lateral Walk

Learn how to diagnose and treat a lateral walk by establishing a correct connection.

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Pam Stone: The Benefits of Honest Connection

Blogger Pam Stone shares an update on Voodoo, the willing Off-the-Track Thoroughbred

Credit: Silke Rottermann A relaxing trail ride is good for everyone, including dressage horses.

Proper Connection for Dressage Horses on Trails

Gigi Nutter discusses whether riders should maintain a connection to the bit while trail riding

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The Best Dressage Connection Builds from 'Nothing'

Yvonne Barteau explains that the best connection starts from nothing but an independent relaxed seat and the quiet, neutral absence of aids.

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Dressage Solutions: Improve Rein Connection

Try this tip from Jessica Miller.

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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How to Use the Dressage Pyramid of Training

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

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How to Ride with Soft Arms for a Better Connection

The bend in the elbow allows elasticity forward and backward to follow the horse’s mouth every step.

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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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Dressage Work on the Second Track

Incorporate this into your training to improve connection and straightness and help you feel the effects of having a horse truly on the outside rein, a critical component of any half halt.

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Basic Horse Behavior for Dressage Success

Try these mounted and unmounted exercises with your horse to establish respect and improve your relationship.

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

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Can Wiggling My Fingers Help Get My Horse on the Bit?

USDF gold medalist John Zopatti offers an honest opinion on wiggly fingers

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How Connection Varies from Horse to Horse in Dressage Training

Jennifer Roth explains this important lesson in dressage.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl American Laura Graves and her 12-year-old Dutch gelding, Verdades (Florett AS x Goya), took the dressage world by storm this past year. At 27 years old, Graves and Verdades, aka Diddy, arrived in Europe as the underdogs and ended up in the top tier of riders at the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

Laura Graves: Tools for More Successful Connection

America’s dressage sensation gives advice on developing the perfect partnership.

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Dressage Terminology Explained: "Riding Back-to-Front"

Dressage trainer Melissa Jackson explains how to ride your horse from back to front and how to tell if your horse is doing it correctly.