Dressage Position

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Dressage Position Advice: How to Correct a Lower Leg That Slips Back

Eliza Sydnor Romm responds to a reader question and offers tips to improve a dressage rider's leg position.

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VIDEO with Susanne von Dietze: The Dressage Rider's Seat, Demo Ride

Watch Susanne von Dietze's explanation of rider biomechanics in action.

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VIDEO: Unmounted Exercises for the Dressage Rider's Seat

Susanne von Dietze takes us through an unmounted session where she describes the use of the rider’s seat and leads auditors (and you!) through exercises.

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3 Exercises for Dressage Riders To Help Keep Heels Down

Try these exercises from Gigi Nutter to keep those heels down and remedy this common position fault.

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Fitness Tips for Weekend-Warrior Riders

Charlotte Bredahl-Baker answers this reader question, explaining what you can do to improve your ability to follow your horse's movement, especially if you aren't able to ride regularly.

Credit: Beth Baumert When you are mounted, you want to feel that when you turn your shoulders, they stay perpendicular to an imaginary rod along your spine from your hips to your head. Your hips pivot slightly in the same direction so they are in the correct position to bend the horse. Annie Morris rides Liqueur, owned by Randi Nelson Shipley.

How to Use Correct Body Alignment to Ride Bending Lines

Use correct body alignment to ride a bending line with true connection.

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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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Why Quiet Riding Matters

A note to my fellow talkative riders

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Find Your Horse's “Boing”

Add expression by riding the coiled spring.

Credit: Diana De Rosa Photography Steffen Peters—the correct position.

The Benefits of Correct Dressage Position

Courtney King-Dye explains why position matters.

Credit: Photos courtesy, Cindy Sydnor Emme Johnston rides Just Jake, her 14-year-old Canadian/Thoroughbred cross gelding, at Third Level.

Courtney King-Dye's Advice to Improve Your Balance in the Saddle

Courtney King-Dye critiques Emme Johnston at Third Level.

Jane Karol places her forefinger on Judy Wright's lower back to demonstrate where Wright needs to push to find the correct movement of her pelvis for sitting trot.

Finding Harmony in the Sitting Trot with Jane Karol

How to join your body with your horse’s so that you can feel balance, harmony and connection

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.

Credit: Mary McKenna Always keep your goal in mind: to create harmony between two individual body-movement systems. Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel rides Florenz, a 9-year-old Bavarian Warmblood owned by Sandra Smith.

Improve Your Dressage Seat with Isabelle von Neumann-Cosel: Part 2

Now that you have a better understanding of your specific body proportions, find the right exercises to help you progress.

Credit: Photo courtesy, Annie Morris To practice the reaction to the aids, start with the simple exercise of walk–halt–walk transitions. At the halt, sit relaxed, soft and still.

Chris Hickey's Tips for Refining Your Aids

Learn how to refine your aids to a whisper as you progress in dressage training.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - arnd.nl The dressage rider’s goal is to develop a classically correct seat (as shown above by Kasey Perry); where she will sit in an ear–shoulder–hip–heel vertical alignment while continuing to swing with the horse’s back.

Learning to Sit the Trot

Joan Williams explains this important step in a dressage rider's development and answers a reader's question.

Credit: Beth Baumert The dressage stance off the horse

Ride with a 'Library-Quiet' Position

Jeremy Steinberg explains exercises to help you improve your dressage position and ride with invisible aids.