Focus

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Increase Your Focus, Decrease Your Horse’s Stress

In this edition of the Dressage Today Extra, Ali Brock shares how to maximize your time in the saddle with focus for better results, plus a veterinarian’s perspective on stress in horses.

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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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Find Your Focus in the Dressage Show Ring

USDF gold medalist Kim Herslow explains how mental preparation can help you ride a better dressage test.

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Integrate Emotional Agility Into Your Riding

Shelley Rosenberg explains how she learned to adjust her mind’s position to be more effective as a rider.

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Create a Predictable Place for Better Dressage Training

Olympian Sue Blinks explains how to create a safe harbor for your horse by developing feel and focus and defining your standard of performance.

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Four Skills to Help You Become a Better Dressage Trainer

How to structure your lessons and help students overcome training hurdles.

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Become a Thinking Rider

Mental imagery doesn't require massive amounts of time and it can be used anywhere.

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How to Calm a Nervous Horse Using Lateral Movements

Stacey Hastings answers a reader question.

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How to Ride A Dressage Test... Mentally

Sports psychologist Jenny Susser, PhD, explains that developing the mental strategy of test-riding is a skill of successful riders that is often overlooked.