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Ten Tips to Improve Your Score on Your Next Dressage Test

Cesar Torrente gives you easy fixes to increase your scores and improve your ride at every level

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Why Practice Halting Without Reins?

Lisa Pierson explains the importance of learning to develop the rider’s seat as an aid that is independent and effective.

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Don't Settle for the "Safe" Dressage Scores

Blogger and judge Margaret Freeman explains why higher scores are often worth the risk.

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9 Techniques to Improve the Halt, Part 2

FEI trainer Volker Brommann explains how to develop the halt through the training levels and gives tips on how to improve this movement and correct common problems.

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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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A Long Neck Equals a More Rideable Horse

Successful riding at the upper levels of dressage begins with teaching your horse to come through his back with a long neck and go to the hand.

Credit: Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz The half pass on the left is incorrect; the half pass on the right shows the correct straightness between bends.

Hilda Gurney: Requirements of the Dressage Horse at Fourth Level

An overview of the dressage movements that are introduced at Fourth Level with tips on how to ride them

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The Balanced Horse with Sylvia Loch

Book Excerpt: Sylvia Loch explains the aids by feel, not force.

Photos by Silke Rottermann When working in-hand, the horse learns to follow the rider’s hand in any direction.

Walk: The Queen of Gaits

Colonel Christian Carde shares this classical approach to training the horse

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The Unwritten Rules of Dressage Test Riding

Follow these points for each dressage level to improve your dressage test scores.