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Überstreichen Explained

Sandy Hotz answers this reader question, briefly explaining how überstreichen should be ridden, the purpose of the movement and when to use it.

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How to Develop a More Elastic Trot in Your Dressage Horse

Dressage judge Sandy Hotz offers advice on how to make a dressage horse's trot more elastic.

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Karen Pavicic: How Stretching Can Benefit Your Horse

A Canadian team rider explains how to develop the horse’s back to create qualities needed for dressage horses at every level.

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Build a Foundation with Suppleness

Doreen Horsey explains the importance of putting the training scale into practice.

Credit: Silke Rottermann It is a requirement of dressage that the horse go with his poll at the highest point and his nose slightly in front of the vertical. A person on the ground can help you tell if this requirement is met. If someone is not available, mirrors are a good substitute.

How to Determine If Your Horse Is Behind the Vertical (Without Mirrors!)

USDF “S” judge Marilyn Heath offers advice on how to tell if your dressage horse is going with his poll at the highest point and his nose slightly in front of the vertical.

Get Your Dressage Horse to Stretch Down into Contact

FEI dressage rider and trainer Jerry Schwartz gives you a six-step plan for asking your horse to stretch down into the contact.