Downward Transitions

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Dressage Schooling Notebook: Transitions with Cindy Ishoy

Strengthen and supple your horse with a series of upward and downward transitions.

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Christoph Hess: The Importance of the Stretch

Learn to correct a tight neck by riding your horse forward and downward to the hand.

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9 Techniques to Improve the Halt, Part 2

FEI trainer Volker Brommann explains how to develop the halt through the training levels and gives tips on how to improve this movement and correct common problems.

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Four Stages to Halt

FEI trainer Volker Brommann explains how good halts develop from a foundation of trust, understanding and patience.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl Discovering how important the timing of our aids is begins with the rider developing an understanding of the biomechanical footfalls of the horse. In free walk, where the horse has complete freedom of his head and neck and is swinging over his back, feel the swing through his belly muscles.

The Importance of Correct Timing of the Dressage Aids

A dressage rider learns the importance of her aids when she first learns to post on the correct diagnonal.

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Tips to Let Go and Find Suppleness in Your Body

Biomechanics Expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Vanessa Meeks at Second Level

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Engage Your Core to Ride with More Forward Hands

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Erica Longenbach at Training Level.

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Tips to Improve Trot Lengthening Transitions

Cindy Sydnor critiques this rider and 9-year-old mare.

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Connect Your Horse in Shoulder-Fore

How to use upward and downward transitions with half-halts in shoulder-fore.

Credit: Rebecca Neff When done properly, a simple leg yield looks flowing and natural for both horse and rider. Catherine Chamberlain rides Chance, her 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood.

Leg Yield for Relaxed Transitions

Catherine Chamberlain shows you how to improve your horse with these exercises.

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.