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Impulsion

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Modify Your Horse's Muscle Patterns

Understand why and how you should activate a greater range of muscles in your horse’s body. Plus learn how to find correct impulsion.

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How Do I Know If My Horse's Hind End is Engaged Enough?

Dressage professional Gretchen DeMone answers this reader question.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst, arnd.nl Impulsion is more than the desire to move forward. It’s the elasticity of the horse’s steps, the suppleness of his back and the engagement of his hindquarters.

The Four Components of Impulsion

Joan Darnell explains how developing impulsion in dressage training requires more than just forwardness.

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Dressage Terminology Explained: "In Front of the Leg"

Heidi Chote explains what it means for a horse to be "in front of the leg."

If a horse is struggling to keep his balance in the canter, it is best for the rider to use the Training Scale to help problem-solve the issue.

How to Help Your Horse Maintain Balance in Canter

Lisa Pierson answers a reader question and explains how to balance your horse in the canter with exercises to improve engagement.

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What is Doma Vaquera?

Manuel Trigo explains this Spanish term, which can be loosely translated as a Spanish version of Western dressage.

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How to Use the Dressage Pyramid of Training

Use this conceptual tool to help your riding in a practical way.

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How to Assess Progress in Your Dressage Training

Jan Brons explains steps you can take to avoid frustration for you and your horse as you move forward in your training.

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Is the Training Scale Fit for Iberian Horses?

Matt McLaughlin answers this reader question.

If you try to add activity to a misaligned horse, the energy you create in the hind legs disappears out the crooked body part instead of passing through the back and connecting to the bit.

Activate Your Dressage Horse’s Motor

Learn what correct activity is and how the rider can use her aids to activate her horse’s motor.

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Charles de Kunffy's 3 Principles to Create a Dancing Partnership with Your Horse

Ride your horse's hindquarters to create impulsion, suspension and balance, without confining his movement and rhythm.

Credit: Courtesy of Trafalgar Square Books The first goal during the early schooling phase is to reestablish the natural rhythm of the horse in each basic gait. Mandy Zimmer trains with German Olympian Klaus Balkenhol.

The Fundamentals of Rhythm in Dressage Work

Eckart Meyners explains how to establish the young horse’s natural rhythm under the weight of the rider.

Credit: Emily Austin Photography Sandra Daugirda poses with Zee and clinician Lilo Fore.

The 10-Track Mind: A Dressage Lesson with Lilo Fore

10 key points for riding like a dressage professional

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Develop Your Dressage Horse's Topline with Sue Blinks

Olympian Sue Blinks discusses developing your dressage horse’s topline so it serves as a suspension bridge of musculature, making self-carriage possible.

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: Terri Miller The collected walk requires concentration and feeling.

How to Improve Your Dressage Horse's Collected Walk

An FEI judge gives exercises and advice for riders and judges.