Haunches-in

Credit: SusanJStickle.com  Any exercises that move a horse’s shoulders from left to right and move his weight off his left side are valuable in achieving suppleness on the left rein. Haunches in left, renvers left and leg yield right, as demonstrated here by Pam Goodrich and Donnerhit, a Bavarian Warmblood gelding, will all help.

How Can I Achieve Suppleness on the Left Rein?

Fran Kehr shares her advice on suppling the horse and suggests exercises to help you shift your horse's balance.

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Improve Your Horse's Straightness in Canter Departs

Katherine Bateson-Chandler answers this reader question, discussing the ideal canter aids to help keep your horse straight.

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How to Maintain Correct Bend in the Half Pass

Madeleine Austin explains the "ingredients" of a successful half pass.

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Training Tips to Introduce Haunches-In (Travers)

Haunches-in can be a beneficial training tool when it is correctly applied. In this article, Gerhard Ablinger explains how to determine if your horse is ready to learn haunches-in and shares some tips to introduce it.

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Pam Stone: To Everybody Who Says Arabians Are Nuts

Blogger Pam Stone's time training Party Girl, an Arabian-Holsteiner mare concludes.

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How to Ride Travers and Half Pass

Dressage judge Janet Foy explains how to judge and ride these required movements.

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Tips to Become "One" With Your Horse

Author and dressage trainer Dominique Barbier offers advice on how to be more focused when working with your dressage horse.

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You Don't Need a Fancy Horse In Order to Score Well on Walk Pirouettes

It’s a movement any horse with proper training can do well.

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Dressage Schooling Notebook: An Exercise of Circles

Improve your horse’s straightness and contact with this dressage training exercise from Gerhard Politz.

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Straightness: How to Align the Horse

Katherine Bateson-Chandler explains how it is the job of the rider to make the horse as even on both sides as possible, therefore improving his straightness.

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Introducing Travers and Renvers with Hilda Gurney

These exercises prepare your horse to move up.

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Tips for a Correct Outside Leg Position

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Meghan Drysdale at Third Level.

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Teaching Travers with Belinda Nairn-Wertman

This Olympian shows how to develop your horse’s suppleness, collection and strength with haunches-in.

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How to Calm a Nervous Horse Using Lateral Movements

Stacey Hastings answers a reader question.

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The Unwritten Rules of Dressage Test Riding

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