Soundness

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The Value of Preventive Performance Exams for Your Sporthorse

How your horse can benefit from these routine soundness evaluations

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Dressage Training Is Training, Regardless of Terrain

Blogger Pam Stone shares reflections on her time spent with Gem, the fox-hunting Off-the-Track Thoroughbred, explaining why you don't need a dressage ring to work your horse correctly.

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Using Dressage Training to Promote Soundness in Foxhunters

Blogger Pam Stone shares an update on her latest project: a pair of bay foxhunters.

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Back Pain in the Performance Horse

An overview of clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment options

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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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Find Your Dressage Arena Footing

Researchers and footing providers tell stories that reflect the current state of arena footing.

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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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The Healing Power of Dressage

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

Credit: Amy K. Dragoo Most cases of osteroarthritis can be diagnosed with a good static examination.

How to Promote Your Horse's Joint Health Through the Levels of Dressage

Jessica Morgan, DVM explains how to keep your dressage horse happy and sound.

Credit: SusanJStickle.com Mica Mabragana and Infanta HFG demonstrate how a horse ridden in balance is free to move forward in rhythm, with suppleness, reaching for the bit—all without tension.

How to Optimize Your Dressage Horse's Soundness from the Saddle

The key to a horse’s longevity is riding him in balance.

Credit: Susan J. Stickle Eva Colacicco's 27-year-old Dutch Warmblood, Brou, remains supple and fluid in his movement and continues to improve in self-carriage.

The Joys of Riding a Senior Dressage Horse

Five amateur dressage riders share their stories

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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.