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Pam Stone: Challenges of Retraining the Off-the-Track Thoroughbred

Blogger Pam Stone begins a new journey with Voodoo, a 5-year-old Thoroughbred who presents some classic ex-racehorse challenges.

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How Perfectionism Can Hinder Progress in Dressage

Psychologist Jane Karol explains a helpful mental approach to becoming a better rider.

Angard is an 11-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Elisabeth Ehrenrooth.

Building Power In Relaxation with Hubertus Schmidt

A top German dressage professional explains how to make your horse active and cadenced without losing relaxation.

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What Your Horse's Tail Says About His Health

Your horse’s tail can be a barometer for many different issues going on in the body.

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Find a More Supple Leg and Hip Position While Riding

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques a new horse-and-rider pair.

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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 Studying Biomechanics Enhances Your Dressage Training

The study of biomechanics provides the basis for understanding multiple facets of dressage.

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Are Sheath Noises Associated with Tension?

Ida Norris answers this reader-submitted question, explaining that sheath noise is caused by tensing of the muscles, primarily over the back.

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An Introduction to Equine Hanna Somatics

This natural method of mind–body integration can provide performance enhancement, pain relief, longevity and an increased sense of well-being for both horse and handler.

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Kim Herslow: Returning to the Show Ring

As her 2015 Pan American Games horse, Rosmarin, prepares to get back in the competition arena, Kim takes over the ride on a client's horse.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst- arnd.nl The best way to modify a horse’s postural habits is to focus on activating a wide range of muscles.

Modifying Muscle Patterns to Build a Better Equine Athlete

Understand why and how you should activate a greater range of muscles in your horse’s body.

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How to Calm a Nervous Horse Using Lateral Movements

Stacey Hastings answers a reader question.

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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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Keys to Collecting Your Horse's Canter with Jennifer Baumert

Jennifer Baumert answers this reader question and explains some tips to help you ride a better collected canter.

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Dressage Training Exercises to Calm Your Hot Horse

Tips and dressage training exercises to help you manage a hot horse

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Go Back to Basics to Build a Solid Training Foundation

Instead of a quick fix or short cut, go back to basics to build a solid foundation of training.

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Tongue Resistance in the Dressage Horse

Jessica Jahiel gives suggestions for stopping a horse from sticking his tongue out to avoid the bit.