Exercises

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3 Exercises to Improve Transitions Into and Out of Canter Lengthenings

Joy Congdon explains how to maintain control over a horse who likes to run in canter lengthenings.

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Create Dressage Students Who Think and Feel

Gerhard Politz explains how correct rider assessment and the appropriate use of praise are key elements to effective instruction.

Cross-training is good for all athletes, including horses, and there are numerous options available to add variety and reap rewards of improved flexibility, endurance and strength. Here Grand Prix rider Nicholas Fyffe rides Fiero HGF, a P.R.E. stallion.

Nicholas Fyffe: Cross-Training for Horse and Rider

A Grand Prix trainer explains how cross-training for the horse and rider can improve performance.

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.

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The Importance of Riding in a Stretching Position

Uta Gräf of Germany explains that this exercise is an important part of training not just for young horses or dressage horses, but for all horses.

Joanna Allmeling and Avril, owned by Karen Klemt, compete at Hohnstorf in Lauenburg Elbe, Germany.

Warm-Up Strategies for Show-Ring Success

Rider and Trainer Endel Ots shares his tips for preparing to ride a dressage test.

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Learn the CrossFit Squat to Help Your Dressage Training

Dressage trainer Stacey Hastings explains the value of this cross-training exercise.

Credit: Amy Dragoo Scott Hassler with Harmony’s Diamo Gold (left), an 8-year-old Oldenburg gelding, and Harmony’s Star Agent, a 9-year-old Oldenburg gelding, both owned by Harmony Sporthorses

Scott Hassler: Coach Your Horse for Success

One of America’s top trainers talks about how to improve your horse’s performance by being an ideal coach for him.

Credit: Courtesy of Trafalgar Square Books The first goal during the early schooling phase is to reestablish the natural rhythm of the horse in each basic gait. Mandy Zimmer trains with German Olympian Klaus Balkenhol.

The Fundamentals of Rhythm in Dressage Work

Eckart Meyners explains how to establish the young horse’s natural rhythm under the weight of the rider.

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Ride with a 'Library-Quiet' Position

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

Credit: Corinne Foxley Harmony between horse and rider depends on a good seat. Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel rides Morgenstern, owned by Jayne Nessif.

Improve Your Dressage Seat with Isabelle von Neumann-Cosel: Part 1

Learn how to understand your own body in order to address your specific position challenges.

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Riding in a Bitless Bridle for Desensitization

David De Wispelaere weighs in on whether or not riding bitless can help to desensitize a reactive horse.

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How Do I Encourage My Andalusian to Stretch?

Are there exercises that work particularly well for Iberian breeds?

Lauren Sprieser and Ellegria, a 10-year-old Westfalen mare trained to Grand Prix. | SusanJStickle.com

Dressage Training Exercises to Calm Your Hot Horse

Tips and dressage training exercises to help you manage a hot horse