Dressage Horses

Credit: SusanJStickle.com  Any exercises that move a horse’s shoulders from left to right and move his weight off his left side are valuable in achieving suppleness on the left rein. Haunches in left, renvers left and leg yield right, as demonstrated here by Pam Goodrich and Donnerhit, a Bavarian Warmblood gelding, will all help.

How Can I Achieve Suppleness on the Left Rein?

Fran Kehr shares her advice on suppling the horse and suggests exercises to help you shift your horse's balance.

Credit: Courtesy, Janet “Dolly” Hannon This horse is displaying articulation of the joints in his hindquarters and legs. This is an example of positive diagonal advanced placement (DAP).

Dressage Terminology Explained: “Quick Behind”

USEF 'S' dressage judge Janet "Dolly" Hannon explains what it means for a horse to be "quick behind" and why this quality is important in developing dressage horses.

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Why Do Gifted Dressage Horses Progress at a Faster Rate?

Two reasons why the guideline for the training of young, gifted dressage horses differs slightly from average horses.

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Colonic Ulcers in the Dressage Horse

Recent research developments are shifting some of the focus from gastric ulceration to hindgut ulceration

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Create Energy in Your Dressage Horse

Tom Noone explains how to address this common problem in dressage training by improving your horse's response to your aids.

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Bloodline Analysis: Bavarian Warmblood Lorenzo

Why this gelding embodies the successful outcome of a long-term breeding strategy

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Dressage: It's All About The Journey

Blogger Pam Stone continues her search for a new "Cinderella Project."

If you try to add activity to a misaligned horse, the energy you create in the hind legs disappears out the crooked body part instead of passing through the back and connecting to the bit.

Activate Your Dressage Horse’s Motor

Learn what correct activity is and how the rider can use her aids to activate her horse’s motor.

Credit: Courtesy of Trafalgar Square Books Natural gymnastic work can ensure that your horse’s joints become more supple and his stamina and muscle tone improve.

Ingrid Klimke on Cross-Training with Cavalletti

Follow Ingrid Klimke’s six-week plan for dressage horses and see her sample cavalletti layouts.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl Keeping a smart, talented horse happy and challenged is not easy. Varying routines with hacking, cavalletti work and even jumping can build strength and agility while keeping the horse eagerly engaged.

How Can I Keep My Dressage Horse Happy and Fit?

USDF gold medalist Gigi Nutter gives advice on how to keep a dressage horse content and willing in his work while maintaining his fitness.

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Shopping for Quality Dressage Horses in the United States

Dressage experts discuss the pros and cons of horse shopping at home in the U.S.

Credit: Dusty Perin/www.dustyperin.com Excessive stretch in the fetlock can lead to damage, lameness and breakdown.

Prevent Fetlock Injury in Your Dressage Horse

Barb Crabbe, DVM explains the most effective way to keep fetlock injuries at bay.

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Build Your Dressage Horse’s Confidence with Scott Hassler

Learn how to inspire your dressage horse to do his best with advice on developing lateral and longitudinal suppleness and getting your horse's head in the game.

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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.

Charles de Kunffy's Three Moments of Evolutionary Breakthrough in Dressage Training

Classical dressage trainer Charles de Kunffy shares insight on developing your dressage horse and progressing toward collection.