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7 Ways to Stay Inspired When You Can't Ride

DT blogger and dressage professional Jenna Arnold shares a few ideas to help you stay sharp even when you're not in the saddle.

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The Importance of Science in the Art of Dressage

Susan Mandas discusses the value of understanding the mechanics of motion.

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What is Doma Vaquera?

Manuel Trigo explains this Spanish term, which can be loosely translated as a Spanish version of Western dressage.

Credit: Ernesto Photography  Sandy Vennemann rides Boomer, whom she is helping to transition from hunters to dressage.

Resolve Tension in Your Legs While Riding

Susanne von Dietze critiques Sandy Vennemann on Boomer

There are different degrees of collection, but in dressage  it is first officially required at Second Level with shoulder-in as Mica Mabragaña demonstrates here on Infanta HGF.

How to Improve Dressage Basics

Delving into the Training Scale

Cross-training is good for all athletes, including horses, and there are numerous options available to add variety and reap rewards of improved flexibility, endurance and strength. Here Grand Prix rider Nicholas Fyffe rides Fiero HGF, a P.R.E. stallion.

Nicholas Fyffe: Cross-Training for Horse and Rider

A Grand Prix trainer explains how cross-training for the horse and rider can improve performance.

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Christine Traurig: "Pushing Away from the Bit"

This sophisticated term describes the epitome of throughness, perfect connection and ideal self-carriage.

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An In-Depth Look at Colic Prevention

With the rigors of dressage training and competition, learn what you can do to help protect your mount from the No. 1 killer of horses.

Credit: Courtesy, Charlotte Bredahl-Baker The Dressage Foundation’s International Dream Program sends four Young Riders to Europe to observe the European training system.

Eight Lessons from Aachen

A hand-picked group of four Young Riders shares eight lessons they learned from their travels in Europe.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - arnd.nl Carl Hester and Nip Tuck make a beautiful piaffe look easy and effortless. In reality, the piaffe requires a high degree of collection, balance, impulsion and relaxation by the horse and advanced skill by the rider.

Development of the Piaffe out of the Rein-Back

Melissa Allen explains this technique

Credit: Jennifer Bryant Several of the horses showed phenomenal movement, including Endel Ots’ 6-year-old Hanoverian gelding, Lucky Strike, whom he owns with his father, Max.

Suppleness Plus Obedience Equals Submission

Germany’s Johann Hinnemann teaches at the 2016 Adequan/USDF FEI-Level Trainers Conference.

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Chon Macedo: My Toughest Dressage Training Challenge

Building a trusting partnership while retraining took years of patient work.

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Understanding the "Terre-a-Terre" Movement

Mario Contreras explains this ancient dressage movement.

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How Stretching the Horse Lines Up the Vertebrae

Joanna Crilly explains an important lesson she wishes she had known earlier in her dressage career.

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Developing Feeling in the Rider

Beth Beukema explains a lesson she wishes she had known sooner in her dressage career.

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Cathy Morelli: The Kaleidoscope of Dressage Aids

This U.S. Equestrian Team member shares "What I Wish I'd Known Then"

Credit: Paula da Silva - Arnd.nl Following the rules of classical horsemanship, the basic exercise for the capriole is the piaffe. From the piaffe, the horse learns how to lower his hindquarters to the point where he transfers all his weight onto his hind legs, lifting his front legs off the ground, then tucking them in to produce the levade. The deeper the horse is able to sit in the levade, the more powerful the capriole will be later on.

Steps of Teaching Capriole

How is this haute-ecole movement taught and why is it so rarely seen?

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The Key to a Good Position

Focus on improving one element at a time.

Credit: Courtesy, Linda Graham Rebecca Algar and Magicos Takara, a Quarter Horse-Andalusian-cross mare owned by Sharon Lee, navigate a bridge in the Ease of Handling Phase.

What is Working Equitation?

A dressage rider and Lusitano breeder shares her passion for this emerging sport.

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A Gender-Based Approach to Dressage Training

To build a better partnership, consider the tendencies of stallions, mares and geldings.

Credit: Hilary Moore Hebert When you take the time to pause and reflect on your journey, whether in dressage or climbing a monument, you create the opportunity to see what you have already achieved.

Progressing Up the Dressage Pyramid of Training

Why dressage doesn’t always have to be about training and achieving.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl At the end of the lesson I like to revisit what we worked on and then discuss homework. I like the student to tell me what she did well and what needs improvement and how she is going to make those improvements before our next lesson.

How Do I Keep My Dressage Students Encouraged?

USDF gold medalist Jennifer R. Roth offers tips on how she keep her students engaged.

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The Challenges of Straightening a Horse

Sandy Osborn explains this lesson that she wished she had learned sooner.