Leg Yield

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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Strategies for Training Young Horses: An Exercise to Combine Leg Yield and Turn on the Forehand

In the second installment of her two-part article on training young horses, Dressage Today blogger Jenna Arnold shares an exercise that teaches the horse to yield his ribcage.

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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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How to Keep Your Dressage Horse Focused Despite Distractions

Stacey Hastings shares a few techniques to help you keep your horse tuned into you, instead of the distractions outside of the ring.

Credit: Reprinted from Dressage Solutions by Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg Spiraling in and spiraling out on a 20-meter circle are exercises that can be used on young horses and it stays relevant all the way through Grand Prix.

How to Ride a Spiral Circle

Katherine Bateson-Chandler explains this useful exercise to help develop collection while maintaining forwardness.

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Marilyn Heath: What A Dressage Judge Wants to See

This USEF “S” judge offers her view on what she wants to see from dressage riders and their horses.

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Understanding the Half Pass Through Shoulder-In and Leg Yield

Kathy Priest explains how the half pass can be broken up into two easier exercises and then put back together.

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First Level Frustrations

If you want to set yourself apart at First Level and earn points that others don’t, check out these two movements where mistakes are commonly made.

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.

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Suppleness: Kathleen Raine's Key to Success in Dressage

How to achieve this must-have component of your horse’s dressage training

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The Effect of Upper-Body Balance on Lateral Work

Susanne von Dietze critiques Sarah Ryan at First Level.

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My Amazing Experience at the 2017 Courtney King-Dye Horsemastership Clinic

Youth rider Sophia Chavonelle takes us inside this unique opportunity presented by Dressage4Kids, Inc.

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Hilda Gurney: First Level Movements with Young Horses

Learn how to begin schooling First Level movements with a 4-year-old.

Credit: Courtesy, Annie Morris  During the leg yield along the wall, the horse is at about a 30-degree angle to the wall.

Let the Leg Yield Work for You

This exercise helps horses become more flexible in the shoulders, back and hips and develops the connection through the horse’s body.

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How to Calm a Nervous Horse Using Lateral Movements

Stacey Hastings answers a reader question.

Credit: Rebecca Neff Leg yielding is a methodical movement that promotes straightness and throughness, which in turn promotes balance. Here Catherine Chamberlain demonstrates the leg yield with her Dutch Warmblood, Chance.

How to Successfully Ride "Inside Leg to Outside Rein"

Fran Kehr answers this reader question, explaining this combination of aids and what it achieves when performed correctly.

Credit: Amy K. Dragoo If you have a horse who tends to become mentally excited and nervous when sharing warm-up arena space with many other horses, it would be best to find an area with the least amount of interference from others.

Warm-Up Exercises for First Level Dressage

Lisa El-Ramey Hyslop shares her tips for a proper warm-up.

Credit: Rebecca Neff When done properly, a simple leg yield looks flowing and natural for both horse and rider. Catherine Chamberlain rides Chance, her 13-year-old Dutch Warmblood.

Leg Yield for Relaxed Transitions

Catherine Chamberlain shows you how to improve your horse with these exercises.

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The Purpose of Dressage Movements with Janet Foy

Janet Foy explains the function of dressage movements in this excerpt from her book, Dressage Q&A with Janet Foy.

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Posting When Leg Yielding: What Is Correct?

FEI trainer Lisa Pierson explains the influence of the rising trot on the horse