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Lessons from Silva Martin + Recovery from Intense Work

Silva Martin encourages clinic riders to ride forward and straight. PLUS, insights to help your horse recover from a challenging training session.

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.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl If your horse offers passage while out hacking, think upward half halts to help lift his shoulders while your lower legs lift his belly in the rhythm of the trot

When Your Dressage Horse Offers Passage During a Hack

Chris Hickey shares how you can harness your horse's natural passage steps to teach passage in the arena.

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My First Kiss: The Half Halt

A neurosurgeon finds that learning the half halt is more difficult than performing brain surgery.

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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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Why Does My Horse Reject My Driving Aids?

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

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Scott Hassler: Collection with Throughness and Forward Desire

An international trainer and competitor explains the process behind finding perfect collection.

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The Elements of Classical Dressage Training

A top dressage judge reminds us to stick to the classical principles in our training.

Credit: Richard Malmgren Notice thisrelaxed and supple horse’s fully stretched neck on an obviously light rein. The lumbar back thrusts the pelvis forward and lowers the croup. The horse’s supple joints articulate well as he sinks down on his right hind leg. The rider demonstrates an adhesive seat. JJ Tate rides Donnermuth, a 2001 Rhinelander gelding (by Don Bedo) owned by Candace Tate.

Charles de Kunffy Explains the Meaning of “Forward"

Learn the true meaning of the term "forward" and how to put it to use in your dressage training.

Credit: Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz A horse “coming over his back” is much like a wave forming. The energy of the water is pushing from behind, causing the wave to come up and around, much like a horse’s energy pushes from behind up over his back and down his neck.

How to Achieve Real Uphill Balance with Your Dressage Horse

USDF Certified Instructor Candy Allen discusses how to create more freedom in a horse's shoulder and achieve uphill balance.

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Understand How to Ride the Horse "Forward into the Bridle in Balance"

Finding balance is the secret to success in dressage.