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The Importance of Science in the Art of Dressage

Susan Mandas discusses the value of understanding the mechanics of motion.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl Discovering how important the timing of our aids is begins with the rider developing an understanding of the biomechanical footfalls of the horse. In free walk, where the horse has complete freedom of his head and neck and is swinging over his back, feel the swing through his belly muscles.

The Importance of Correct Timing of the Dressage Aids

A dressage rider learns the importance of her aids when she first learns to post on the correct diagnonal.

Braveheart 3-21-14 Back View

The Miracles of Systematic Dressage Training

How knowledge-based dressage training revealed a gem of a horse and saved a life.

Credit: LA Horstman Photography Rider position and balance affect everything—the horse’s rhythm and tempo, his longitudinal and lateral balance and his willingness to go forward and come back. It’s our job to work with our conformation and that of our horses to find our core strength and balance in the saddle and to maintain them every single time we ride. Shannon Peters rides Weltino’s Magic, a Westphalian gelding owned by Jen and Bruce Hlavacek.

Dressage Position 101 with Shannon Peters

Become a more effective rider by finding and keeping your balance in the saddle.

Credit: Terri Miller U.S. Olympian Steffen Peters and his wife, Shannon, an international dressage competitor (shown with Steffen’s rising star, Rosamunde), operate their training business out of their home, Arroyo Del Mar, in San Diego, California. Every night the couple walks down to the barn to visit the horses and give them cookies.

At Home in San Diego with Shannon and Steffen Peters

The 2015 Pan American Games double gold winner opens the doors to his California-base.

Credit: Micki Dobson To hold the whip, lay it across the palm of your dominant hand. While keeping your wrist relaxed and still, close your hand softly around the whip with your thumb placed alongside your fingers.

Karl Mikolka: The Dressage Whip's Place in the Circle of Aids

A German master explains why dressage riders need whips, plus tips to select the best whip for you and your horse.

Williams on Devon, a Westfalen gelding (age 4 in the photo) by Donnerbube owned by Chuck and Joann Smith | Photo by Rhett Savoie

George Williams' Kindergarten Exercises to Learn the Aids

George Williams gives you nine exercises to become more effective with the application and timing of your aids.