Suppleness

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Johann Hinnemann on Submission + Tips from Top Grooms

Germany’s Johann Hinnemann talks about the importance of submission. Plus, top grooms share tips for success.

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Breathing Techniques to Stabilize and Stay Supple

Equestrian biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze examines a horse and rider and explains how to relax the body.

Credit: SusanJStickle.com  Any exercises that move a horse’s shoulders from left to right and move his weight off his left side are valuable in achieving suppleness on the left rein. Haunches in left, renvers left and leg yield right, as demonstrated here by Pam Goodrich and Donnerhit, a Bavarian Warmblood gelding, will all help.

How Can I Achieve Suppleness on the Left Rein?

Fran Kehr shares her advice on suppling the horse and suggests exercises to help you shift your horse's balance.

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Dressage Schooling Notebook: Transitions with Cindy Ishoy

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

Credit: Beth Baumert Remember, every moment you’re riding, you’re training your horse, so you’re either training the walk to be better or worse.

Pedaling: A Technique to Improve Your Dressage Horse's Walk

How pedaling can help your horse develop rhythmic suppleness in his back

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When the Dressage Training Scale Comes to Life

Blogger Pam Stone reflects on the beauty of dressage theory—and the reward that comes from its correct application.

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Six Phases of a Second Level Ride with Hilda Gurney

FEI 'I' judge Hilda Gurney explains how to pull together the more advanced Second Level dressage movements and approach Second Level schooling sessions with planning and purpose.

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Dressage Solutions: Improve Your Horse's Suppleness on Bending Lines

Try this dressage training tip from Holly Mason.

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Dressage Terminology Explained: "Losgelassenheit"

Susanne Hamilton explains this German term that describes a concept of relaxation, looseness, movability and freedom.

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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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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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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Submission is the Goal at Every Level in Dressage

Johann Hinnemann welcomes Adequan USDF FEI-level Trainers Conference attendees to his inner circle.

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Progressing Toward More Rider Suppleness

Rider biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques and comments on a progression of Griffin Denham's riding photos.

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Sharon McCusker's Favorite Dressage Training Exercise: Canter Transitions

These transitions, when done properly, keep the dressage horse forward, loose and working through his body.

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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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From Dinky Trot to Fancy Trot with Mica Mabragaña

This exercise can be used for horses of all ages and levels to strengthen the topline, create throughness and to test the honesty of aids.

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Are There Different Versions of Turn on the Forehand?

Kamila Dupont answers this reader question, explaining variations of this beneficial exercise.

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Tips to Maintain Your Dressage Horse's Suppleness on Straight Lines

Kirsi Nevalainen-LaCorte shares four ideas to help your horse stay soft on circles and straight lines.

Credit: Monica Adams Charles de Kunffy teaches Janet Manley and a group of auditors at a Texas clinic.

Charles de Kunffy's Lessons for Dressage Instructors: The Nature of the Horse

Teach your dressage students how to gain the horse’s trust and cooperation.

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The Importance of Shoulder-in When Training the Dressage Horse

Dressage judge Sarah Geikie explains the importance of bend in riding the venerable shoulder-in exercise.

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Build a Foundation with Suppleness

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