Rhythm

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What is the Difference Between Rhythm and Tempo in Dressage?

Heather Blitz explains the difference between these two terms used commonly in dressage.

Credit: Dusty Perin - DustyPerin.com To develop throughness and good impulsion, the horse needs to respond to the leg aids with the whip as additional support.

Increase Your Horse's Responsiveness to Your Aids

Sabine Rijssenbeek explains how to improve this aspect of communication between horse and rider.

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9 Training Tips from German Dressage Olympian Dorothee Schneider

Inside the 2019 New England Dressage Association Symposium

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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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Rhythm and Tempo with Ali Brock, Part 1

U.S. dressage Olympian Ali Brock explains the terms with a focus on rhythm.

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Rhythm and Tempo with Ali Brock, Part 2

U.S. dressage Olympian Ali Brock elaborates on these terms, now focusing on tempo. She also shares advice to help you control your horse's tempo.

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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.

Credit: Beth Baumert Remember, every moment you’re riding, you’re training your horse, so you’re either training the walk to be better or worse.

Pedaling: A Technique to Improve Your Dressage Horse's Walk

How pedaling can help your horse develop rhythmic suppleness in his back

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Develop Piaffe with Hilda Gurney, Part 2

A guide for training this collected movement under saddle

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Tips to Become "One" With Your Horse

Author and dressage trainer Dominique Barbier offers advice on how to be more focused when working with your dressage horse.

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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Training The Overachieving Dressage Horse

You need a variety of strategies to train this type of horse.

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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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Small Steps to Piaffe with Shelly Francis, Part 1

How to develop a strong foundation for a challenging upper-level movement.

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Sharon McCusker's Favorite Dressage Training Exercise: Canter Transitions

These transitions, when done properly, keep the dressage horse forward, loose and working through his body.

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From Dinky Trot to Fancy Trot with Mica Mabragaña

This exercise can be used for horses of all ages and levels to strengthen the topline, create throughness and to test the honesty of aids.

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Is the Training Scale Fit for Iberian Horses?

Matt McLaughlin answers this reader question.

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The Healing Power of Dressage

Dressage has the ability to heal gait abnormalities and promote soundness.

If you try to add activity to a misaligned horse, the energy you create in the hind legs disappears out the crooked body part instead of passing through the back and connecting to the bit.

Activate Your Dressage Horse’s Motor

Learn what correct activity is and how the rider can use her aids to activate her horse’s motor.

How Can I Keep My Horse Bending in the Walk Pirouette?

Kristina Harrison answers this reader question.

Credit: SusanJStickle.com Rachel Chowanec (shown) and Courtney King-Dye are two long-time students of Lendon Gray who exemplify following the horse’s movement extremely well.

The Rider's Role in Self-Carriage

Lendon Gray explains how the use of passive aids can improve a horse's self-carriage.

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How to Distinguish Between the Various Kinds of Trot in Dressage

Melonie Kessler explains the difference between working, medium, lengthened and extended trot.