Rein Contact

outside rein contact

How to Find the Right Amount of Elastic Contact on Your Dressage Horse's Outside Rein

USDF gold medalist Dennis Callin explains how to keep an elastic feel on the outside rein.

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.

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Get Your Horse’s Pushing Engine in Gear

Activating your horse's pushing engine begins before you even set foot in the arena.

Melissa Jackson | Courtesy, Lynn Wolpmann

Dressage Terminology Explained: "Riding Back-to-Front"

Dressage trainer Melissa Jackson explains how to ride your horse from back to front and how to tell if your horse is doing it correctly.