Relaxation

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Go Down to Go Up: Promoting Relaxation in the Horse's Back

Dressage Today blogger Pam Stone shares an update on her youngster Lucas and details her observations on gaining access to his back.

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6 Exercises to Develop Your Dressage Horse's Relaxation

George Williams shares his system to teach your dressage horse to respond to your aids.

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4 Signs You Are Riding Your Dressage Horse Too Short in the Neck

A short neck indicates a problem in the connection and the early steps of the dressage pyramid of training—rhythm, relaxation, seeking the contact. William Solyntjes discusses four symptoms of a short neck.

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Pam Stone: The Benefits of Honest Connection

Blogger Pam Stone shares an update on Voodoo, the willing Off-the-Track Thoroughbred

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How Do I Achieve Losgelassenheit?

Kari Garber gives an overview of Losgelassenheit and shares a few exercises to help you achieve it with your dressage horse.

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There Is No Secret to Putting Your Horse "On the Bit"

Accomplished event rider and USDF gold medalist Jeremy Beale answers a reader question, explaining how skilled riders use finesse and feel, rather than strength, to teach their horses to look for the bit.

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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 to Ride Correct Flying Changes on an Overeager Horse

Janet "Dolly" Hannon explains how to help your horse understand this movement.

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How Perfectionism Can Hinder Progress in Dressage

Psychologist Jane Karol explains a helpful mental approach to becoming a better rider.

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Pam Stone: Growing from Strength to Strength

Blogger Pam Stone discusses how some great dressage partners come in small packages.

Angard is an 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Elisabeth Ehrenrooth.

Building Power In Relaxation with Hubertus Schmidt

A top German dressage professional explains how to make your horse active and cadenced without losing relaxation.

If a horse is struggling to keep his balance in the canter, it is best for the rider to use the Training Scale to help problem-solve the issue.

How to Help Your Horse Maintain Balance in Canter

Lisa Pierson answers a reader question and explains how to balance your horse in the canter with exercises to improve engagement.

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How to Use the Dressage Pyramid of Training

Use this conceptual tool to help your riding in a practical way.

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How to Assess Progress in Your Dressage Training

Jan Brons explains steps you can take to avoid frustration for you and your horse as you move forward in your training.

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How Do I Introduce My Horse to the Outdoor Arena?

Try these tips to help your horse adjust to work in an outdoor arena.

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Karen Pavicic: How Stretching Can Benefit Your Horse

A Canadian team rider explains how to develop the horse’s back to create qualities needed for dressage horses at every level.

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A U.S. Clinic with Dressage Legend Carl Hester

Get an inside look at this British dressage great's first clinic in America.

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7 Dressage Philosophy Lessons I Learned from Yoga Class

As a yoga newbie, DT's managing editor discovers surprising parallels between dressage and yoga.

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.

Credit: Emily Austin Photography Sandra Daugirda poses with Zee and clinician Lilo Fore.

The 10-Track Mind: A Dressage Lesson with Lilo Fore

10 key points for riding like a dressage professional

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Develop the Quality of Submission in Your Dressage Horse with Helen Langehanenberg

German dressage star Helen Langehanenberg explains the training quality of submission and shares how you can develop it in your horse.

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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.

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Go Back to Basics to Build a Solid Training Foundation

Instead of a quick fix or short cut, go back to basics to build a solid foundation of training.

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Dressage Warm-Up with Hubertus Schmidt

Olympian Hubertus Schmidt offers dressage warm-up strategies for getting the most out of training sessions.