Strength

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Dressage Schooling Notebook: Transitions with Cindy Ishoy

Strengthen and supple your horse with a series of upward and downward transitions.

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Prep for Pirouettes and Learn About Equine Strength and Fitness Basics

Shannon Dueck shares her strategy to develop ultra collection PLUS a veterinarian’s perspective on maximizing your horse’s musculature.

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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.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl To sit a big trot more effectively, you need to make your horse more reactive to lighter aids and teach yourself to establish the optimal tempo.

Tips to Sit a Big Trot More Effectively

USDF gold medalist Kamila Dupont offers advice and explains that addressing this issue begins with improving the horse's gaits.

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There Is No Secret to Putting Your Horse "On the Bit"

Accomplished event rider and USDF gold medalist Jeremy Beale answers a reader question, explaining how skilled riders use finesse and feel, rather than strength, to teach their horses to look for the bit.

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How Dressage Riders Benefit from Developing Strong Core Muscles

USEF “S” dressage judge Debbie Rodriguez shares her thoughts on becoming a fit rider.

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Why Do I Feel Like a Beginner Rider Again?

Dressage Today's Jennifer Mellace shares an update on her return to the saddle.

Credit: Gil Makover Carmen Deville Makover and her young PRE stallion, Quinones Mac, compete at First Level.

Improve Reaction Time in the Circle of Aids

Suzanne von Dietze critiques Carmen Deville Makover and her PRE stallion at First Level.

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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.

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Try This Hip Lift Exercise to Reduce Pain

As the muscles surrounding your spine and hips get stronger, they support the joints more effectively.