Independent Seat

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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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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: Photo courtesy, Annie Morris To practice the reaction to the aids, start with the simple exercise of walk–halt–walk transitions. At the halt, sit relaxed, soft and still.

Chris Hickey's Tips for Refining Your Aids

Learn how to refine your aids to a whisper as you progress in dressage training.

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Positive Retraining for the Poorly Ridden Horse

Dr. Gerd Heuschmann explores what it means to be a responsible rider in his book, Balancing Act: The Horse in Sport—An Irreconcilable Conflict?

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How Do I Weight My Inside Seat Bone Correctly in a Volte, Circle or Shoulder-In?

The seat bone seems to me like one of the most important aids the rider has. How do I weight it correctly when riding a volte, circle or shoulder-in?

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Cultivate a Good Dressage Seat

Learn these fundamentals of a good rider and their influence over the horse