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Straightness and Suppleness for the Dressage Horse

Sabine Ense explains what straightness means and how you can achieve it. Only a horse who is supple can be straight.

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Improve Your Horse's Straightness in Canter Departs

Katherine Bateson-Chandler answers this reader question, discussing the ideal canter aids to help keep your horse straight.

Credit: Susan J. Stickle Paying attention to a horse’s mental and physical development is an important part of Lisa Wilcox’s training. Here she rides Gallant Reflection HU.

Peeling the Onion for Greater Degrees of Throughness with Lisa Wilcox

An American Olympian describes her system for developing her horses mentally and physically from their start as young horses to the Grand Prix.

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Use Transitions to Develop Your Dressage Horse's Throughness: A Four-Step Exercise

Ride through these four steps from Beth Baumert to improve your horse's throughness.

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How to Keep Your Dressage Horse Focused Despite Distractions

Stacey Hastings shares a few techniques to help you keep your horse tuned into you, instead of the distractions outside of the ring.

Credit: Reprinted from Dressage Solutions by Arthur Kottas-Heldenberg Spiraling in and spiraling out on a 20-meter circle are exercises that can be used on young horses and it stays relevant all the way through Grand Prix.

How to Ride a Spiral Circle

Katherine Bateson-Chandler explains this useful exercise to help develop collection while maintaining forwardness.

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Straightness: How to Align the Horse

Katherine Bateson-Chandler explains how it is the job of the rider to make the horse as even on both sides as possible, therefore improving his straightness.

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Suppleness: Kathleen Raine's Key to Success in Dressage

How to achieve this must-have component of your horse’s dressage training

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The Benefits of a Small Dressage Arena

Can the soundness of your dressage horse be related to the size of your arena?

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Connect Your Horse in Shoulder-Fore

How to use upward and downward transitions with half-halts in shoulder-fore.

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How to Ride and Utilize Shoulder-In with Ernst Hoyos

Learn about this classical straightening exercise that produces throughness.

Photos by Silke Rottermann When working in-hand, the horse learns to follow the rider’s hand in any direction.

Walk: The Queen of Gaits

Colonel Christian Carde shares this classical approach to training the horse

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Advice to Help Straighten a Crooked Canter

Barb Crabbe, DVM, answers a reader's question about her horse's crookedness at canter and offers some exercises to help strengthen the horse and straighten the canter.