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Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Riding a square at walk, with absolutely straight sides, will help a rider to understand lateral balance control.

Heather Blitz: Keep Your Horse’s Shoulders Upright

This professional explains why your horse's balance is at the root of the problem.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - It is especially important to ride the Iberian breeds forward into the contact as shown above by Spain’s Rafael Soto and his PRE, Invasor.

Achieving Quality Contact with Iberian Dressage Horses

Mario Contreras answers this reader question.

Credit: Courtesy, Nuala Galbari Nuala Galbari and Captain Jack Sparrow of Skibbereen, a 6-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, ride at Introductory Level.

Challenge the Horse to Find Better Balance

Heather Blitz critiques Nuala Galbari at Intro Level.

Heather Blitz has trained Paragon, her U.S.-bred 8-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding to the Grand Prix level. As Blitz quickly checks her position, Paragon shows an engaged hind and light forehand.

Balance, Strength & Body Awareness in the Dressage Horse

Correctly develop these essential qualities with straightforward, cause–and–effect methods.


Dressage 101: The Jack-in-the-Box

This dressage exercise incorporates lots of geometry making it a useful training tool

Credit: © Donna -

Dressage Exercises for the OTTB

Try these three exercises to turn a Thoroughbred racehorse into a successful dressage mount.

Credit: Courtesy, The Dutta Corporation Attention to proper nutrition, hydration and grooming makes for a happier traveler.

Prepare and Acclimate Your Horse for Long-Distance Travel

Part Two: Experts share tips for how to make sure your horse is comfortable during travel.

View from C | Photo by Elizabeth Art

How to Build Your Own Dressage Arena

Build your own dressage arena using inexpensive, durable and attractive PVC piping.

| All photos by Sharon P. Fibelkorn

How to Take Dressage Photos

Use these tips to get started on taking your best dressage photos.

| Illustration by Jim Haynes

How to Get an FEI Horse Passport

Find out how to get an FEI passport for your horse.