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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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What Causes a Hoof Abscess?

Lisa Borzynski, DVM answers this reader question, explaining that hoof abscess occurs when bacteria and debris gain entry into the hoof.

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The Dressage Whip: Complexity Increases as You Progress

The whip is an important training tool in dressage when used properly.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - arnd.nl The whip is a useful tool when used appropriately, but we must be conscientious not to allow it to make us lazy with our other aids.

In Which Hand Should I Carry the Dressage Whip?

Jennifer Roth answers this reader question, explaining some factors that might affect how you carry your whip.

Credit: Micki Dobson To hold the whip, lay it across the palm of your dominant hand. While keeping your wrist relaxed and still, close your hand softly around the whip with your thumb placed alongside your fingers.

Karl Mikolka: The Dressage Whip's Place in the Circle of Aids

A German master explains why dressage riders need whips, plus tips to select the best whip for you and your horse.