Straightness

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A Not-So-Secret Key to Seamless Walk Transitions

Dressage Today blogger Pam Stone shares a reminder for riders to focus on riding the horse calm, forward and 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.

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2 Exercises to Improve Your Horse's Flying Changes

Try these two exercises to improve your dressage horse's flying changes from Texas-based dressage professional Jenna Arnold.

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4 Exercises for Counter Canter + Fly Control Tips

George and Noel Williams explain how to help you develop your horse’s straightness and collection.

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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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Strides Toward Straightness with an Off-the-Track Thoroughbred

Blogger Pam Stone shares an update on Gem, a retired OTTB who traded in track life for the hunt field.

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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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What Is the Proper Way to Create Bend in My Dressage Horse?

USDF gold medalist Rita Brown explains the definition of bend and offers advice on riding it correctly.

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How to Regulate Your Dressage Horse's Canter Tempo

Claudia Garner offers tips for turning a runaway canter into a controlled, cadenced movement.

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Dressage Training Tips to Straighten a Horse's Meandering Walk

Jessica van Eyck explains how to preserve straightness and quality of the walk.

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How Bend Affects Your Dressage Horse's Straightness and Balance

International dressage competitor and trainer Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel explains this important piece of the training puzzle.

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Training Dressage Horses With Willing Minds but Weak Bodies

In her latest blog, Pam Stone shares an update on another Arabian, named Party Girl, who has come her way for training.

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Dressage Training with No Expiration Date

Blogger Pam Stone shares lessons from her dressage boot camps.

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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Dressage Schooling Notebook: An Exercise of Circles

Improve your horse’s straightness and contact with this dressage training exercise from Gerhard Politz.

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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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How to Use the Dressage Pyramid of Training

Use this conceptual tool to help your riding in a practical way.

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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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Dressage Work on the Second Track

Incorporate this into your training to improve connection and straightness and help you feel the effects of having a horse truly on the outside rein, a critical component of any half halt.