Positive Tension

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The Secret Behind a Springy Trot: Lead and Keep Your Horse's Rhythm

Susanne von Dietze explains how creating and maintaining rhythm will allow your horse to produce a springy trot.

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Dressage Terminology Explained: "Losgelassenheit"

Susanne Hamilton explains this German term that describes a concept of relaxation, looseness, movability and freedom.

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How Studying Biomechanics Enhances Your Dressage Training

The study of biomechanics provides the basis for understanding multiple facets of dressage.

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Progressing Toward More Rider Suppleness

Rider biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques and comments on a progression of Griffin Denham's riding photos.

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Improve Shoulder Position by Creating Positive Tension

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques Lone Rytter on her 9-year-old mare.

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Create Positive Tension for a Better Dressage Frame

FEI trainer Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel explains the training tools that can motivate and guide the horse to create positive tension and carry himself in a dressage frame.