Tempo

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The Magic Square

Improve your accuracy, collection and connection with this straightforward, but exacting exercise.

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What is the Difference Between Rhythm and Tempo in Dressage?

Heather Blitz explains the difference between these two terms used commonly in dressage.

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Rhythm and Tempo with Ali Brock, Part 1

U.S. dressage Olympian Ali Brock explains the terms with a focus on rhythm.

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Rhythm and Tempo with Ali Brock, Part 2

U.S. dressage Olympian Ali Brock elaborates on these terms, now focusing on tempo. She also shares advice to help you control your horse's tempo.

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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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10 Tips for Better Dressage Trot Lengthenings

Advice on how to ride an essential dressage training tool: the trot lengthening.

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Dressage Terminology Explained: "In Front of the Leg"

Heidi Chote explains what it means for a horse to be "in front of the leg."

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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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Training The Overachieving Dressage Horse

You need a variety of strategies to train this type of horse.

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Is the Training Scale Fit for Iberian Horses?

Matt McLaughlin answers this reader question.

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The Healing Power of Dressage

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

If you try to add activity to a misaligned horse, the energy you create in the hind legs disappears out the crooked body part instead of passing through the back and connecting to the bit.

Activate Your Dressage Horse’s Motor

Learn what correct activity is and how the rider can use her aids to activate her horse’s motor.

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How to Distinguish Between the Various Kinds of Trot in Dressage

Melonie Kessler explains the difference between working, medium, lengthened and extended trot.

Credit: Courtesy, Aly Werth Aly Werth rides her 8-year-old, Morgan/draft-cross mare, Blue, at Training Level.

Take Control of Your Horse's Tempo

Heather Blitz critiques Aly Werth at Training Level.

Credit: Richard Malmgren Notice thisrelaxed and supple horse’s fully stretched neck on an obviously light rein. The lumbar back thrusts the pelvis forward and lowers the croup. The horse’s supple joints articulate well as he sinks down on his right hind leg. The rider demonstrates an adhesive seat. JJ Tate rides Donnermuth, a 2001 Rhinelander gelding (by Don Bedo) owned by Candace Tate.

Charles de Kunffy Explains the Meaning of “Forward"

Learn the true meaning of the term "forward" and how to put it to use in your dressage training.