Dressage Whip

Credit: Dusty Perin - DustyPerin.com To develop throughness and good impulsion, the horse needs to respond to the leg aids with the whip as additional support.

Increase Your Horse's Responsiveness to Your Aids

Sabine Rijssenbeek explains how to improve this aspect of communication between horse and rider.

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Dressage Solutions: Improve Your Horse's Suppleness on Bending Lines

Try this dressage training tip from Holly Mason.

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Develop Piaffe with Hilda Gurney, Part 2

A guide for training this collected movement under saddle

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Correct Use of the Dressage Whip

National Equitation School graduate Pierre Cousyn explains the correct use of the dressage whip, explaining how and when a rider might choose to use one.

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Dressage Terminology Explained: "In Front of the Leg"

Heidi Chote explains what it means for a horse to be "in front of the leg."

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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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The Dressage Whip: Complexity Increases as You Progress

The whip is an important training tool in dressage when used properly.

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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.

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What Is the Purpose of Posting the Trot on the Outside Diagonal?

Heather Mason answers this reader question, explaining the purpose of posting the trot on the outside diagonal and discussing which hand should carry the dressage whip.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - arnd.nl The whip is a useful tool when used appropriately, but we must be conscientious not to allow it to make us lazy with our other aids.

In Which Hand Should I Carry the Dressage Whip?

Jennifer Roth answers this reader question, explaining some factors that might affect how you carry your whip.

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Common Causes of Spur Marks and How to Address Them

Kari Garber provides advice to help remedy the issue of spur marks, explaining common causes and possible solutions.

Credit: Micki Dobson To hold the whip, lay it across the palm of your dominant hand. While keeping your wrist relaxed and still, close your hand softly around the whip with your thumb placed alongside your fingers.

Karl Mikolka: The Dressage Whip's Place in the Circle of Aids

A German master explains why dressage riders need whips, plus tips to select the best whip for you and your horse.

Credit: Doug McGlothlin Training the young horse on the long lines often will be safer and more productive with a front handler.

Training the Piaffe with Long Lines

Kathy Connelly explains how taking that first step toward the ultimate goal in dressage can be simplified by proper execution of this productive technique.