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How to Correct a Lateral Walk

Learn how to diagnose and treat a lateral walk by establishing a correct connection.

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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.

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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Evaluating Progress in a Second Level Pair

Biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze critiques a Second Level combination.

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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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Comments on a Young Mare at Her First Show

Cindy Sydnor critiques this rider and young horse.

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The Physics of Flexion in the Dressage Horse

Take a look at the topic of longitudinal flexion through a scientific lens and learn why it is an important goal of classical dressage.

AHSA "S" judge Natalie Lamping demonstrates the First Level canter lengthening with Lucinda Boyle's gelding, Court Jester.

Tone Your Horse's Topline by Riding the Canter Lengthening

This First Level movement is your means for developing your horse’s topline and belly muscles, both critical to successful upper-level work.

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Can Wiggling My Fingers Help Get My Horse on the Bit?

USDF gold medalist John Zopatti offers an honest opinion on wiggly fingers

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Develop Your Dressage Horse's Topline with Sue Blinks

Olympian Sue Blinks discusses developing your dressage horse’s topline so it serves as a suspension bridge of musculature, making self-carriage possible.

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Dressage Terminology Explained: "Riding Back-to-Front"

Dressage trainer Melissa Jackson explains how to ride your horse from back to front and how to tell if your horse is doing it correctly.

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What to Look for When Buying a Baroque Horse

Kristina Harrison explains how to assess rideability, temperament, gaits and conformation when buying a Baroque horse.

Charles de Kunffy's Three Moments of Evolutionary Breakthrough in Dressage Training

Classical dressage trainer Charles de Kunffy shares insight on developing your dressage horse and progressing toward collection.