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How to Keep Your Dressage Horse Focused Despite Distractions

Stacey Hastings shares a few techniques to help you keep your horse tuned into you, instead of the distractions outside of the ring.

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Addressing Rider Fear: Part 1

What are you afraid of? Sport psychologist Jenny Susser, PhD, discusses the individual and personal nature of fear.

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How Do I Deal with a Spooky Horse?

Cindi Wylie answers this reader question, explaining that given time, patience and proper training, you can “de-spook” your horse to some degree.

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Why Does My Horse Reject My Driving Aids?

There are several possible explanations for a horse’s resistance to forwardness.

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How Do I Introduce My Horse to the Outdoor Arena?

Try these tips to help your horse adjust to work in an outdoor arena.

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Grow Your Riding Comfort Zone While Staying Safe

Excellent decision making and baby steps are key.

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Rider Reflections for a New Year

The value of quiet thinking time

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Six Steps to Calm Your Dressage Show Anxiety

Try this advice from Jane Karol, which includes proven methods for overcoming show anxiety to help you perform at your best.