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Dressage Solutions: Feel Correct Contact

Try this tip from Mica Mabragaña

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How to Unlock Your Wrists to Create Softer Contact with Your Horse

USDF gold medalist Barbro Ask-Upmark explains how unlocking your wrists can create softer contact

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How to Find the Right Amount of Elastic Contact on Your Dressage Horse's Outside Rein

USDF gold medalist Dennis Callin explains how to keep an elastic feel on the outside rein.

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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Finding the Ideal Free Walk

Understand what constitutes a correct free walk and learn how you can help your horse produce a better free walk.

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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.

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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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Sharon McCusker's Favorite Dressage Training Exercise: Canter Transitions

These transitions, when done properly, keep the dressage horse forward, loose and working through his body.

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10 Ways to Stay Safe and Healthy at Horse Shows

Learn what measures you can take to reduce the risk of invisible disease dangers.

Credit: LA Horstman Photography Rider position and balance affect everything—the horse’s rhythm and tempo, his longitudinal and lateral balance and his willingness to go forward and come back. It’s our job to work with our conformation and that of our horses to find our core strength and balance in the saddle and to maintain them every single time we ride. Shannon Peters rides Weltino’s Magic, a Westphalian gelding owned by Jen and Bruce Hlavacek.

Dressage Position 101 with Shannon Peters

Become a more effective rider by finding and keeping your balance in the saddle.

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Is the Training Scale Fit for Iberian Horses?

Matt McLaughlin 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.

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.

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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: Silke Rottermann It is a requirement of dressage that the horse go with his poll at the highest point and his nose slightly in front of the vertical. A person on the ground can help you tell if this requirement is met. If someone is not available, mirrors are a good substitute.

How to Determine If Your Horse Is Behind the Vertical (Without Mirrors!)

USDF “S” judge Marilyn Heath offers advice on how to tell if your dressage horse is going with his poll at the highest point and his nose slightly in front of the vertical.

Jessica Kozel demonstrates troubleshooting contact on Welt, a 5-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Joan and Kenny Sims of Highlife Farms. | ? SusanJStickle.com

Lisa Wilcox's Tips for Throughness

Tips from Olympian Lisa Wilcox can contribute to your horse's throughness and enhance his contact and balance.

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Develop the Quality of Submission in Your Dressage Horse with Helen Langehanenberg

German dressage star Helen Langehanenberg explains the training quality of submission and shares how you can develop it in your horse.

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What is Considered "Correct" Contact in Dressage?

U.S. Equestrian Federation judge Gail Hoff-Carmona explains the ever-changing feeling and explains a key to correct contact.