Independent Aids

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst- Arnd.nl The spur is a tool and can be used to affect the horse’s response as well as refine, reinforce and reward.

A Brief Introduction to Using Spurs in Dressage

John Zopatti shares a few thoughts about why a rider might opt to ride with spurs, plus tips on how to choose the right kind of spurs.

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The Best Dressage Connection Builds from 'Nothing'

Yvonne Barteau explains that the best connection starts from nothing but an independent relaxed seat and the quiet, neutral absence of aids.

Credit: Beth Baumert A rider should find her line of travel with her eyes and then ride it from her seat.

A Dressage Rider's Guide to Accuracy and Balance

Learn about the effect your balance has on the independence of your aids and how riding accurate figures can improve you and your horse's balance.

With Sharon McCusker and Wrigley, Kyrklund explains the correct use of the resisting elbow as she presses on the back of McCusker’s upper arm. See what she does next on page 47.

Insights into Dressage Training from Kyra Kyrklund

Kyra Kyrklund explains her training philosophy, with focus on collection and tools for achieving it.