Throughness

Credit: Susan J. Stickle Paying attention to a horse’s mental and physical development is an important part of Lisa Wilcox’s training. Here she rides Gallant Reflection HU.

Peeling the Onion for Greater Degrees of Throughness with Lisa Wilcox

An American Olympian describes her system for developing her horses mentally and physically from their start as young horses to the Grand Prix.

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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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Marilyn Heath: What A Dressage Judge Wants to See

This USEF “S” judge offers her view on what she wants to see from dressage riders and their horses.

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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Sharpen Your Attention to Detail in Dressage Training

Reese Koffler-Stanfield explains why correct dressage training is all about the details.

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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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Small Steps to Piaffe with Shelly Francis, Part 1

How to develop a strong foundation for a challenging upper-level movement.

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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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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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Scott Hassler: Collection with Throughness and Forward Desire

An international trainer and competitor explains the process behind finding perfect collection.

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Cultivate a Good Dressage Seat

Learn these fundamentals of a good rider and their influence over the horse

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Fearless Flying Changes

Steffen Peters, Dr. Volker Moritz and Uwe Mechlem talk with FEI "I" judge and former Canadian dressage team member Lorraine Stubbs on the fine points of the flying change.

Jessica Kozel demonstrates troubleshooting contact on Welt, a 5-year-old Hanoverian gelding owned by Joan and Kenny Sims of Highlife Farms. | ? SusanJStickle.com

Lisa Wilcox's Tips for Throughness

Tips from Olympian Lisa Wilcox can contribute to your horse's throughness and enhance his contact and balance.

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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.