Training

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Breathing Techniques to Stabilize and Stay Supple

Equestrian biomechanics expert Susanne von Dietze examines a horse and rider and explains how to relax the body.

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Four Common Dressage Training Problems Solved with Jennifer Baumert

Learn how to solve dressage training problems by addressing your dressage horse's true underlying issues.

Credit: Susan J. Stickle A skilled rider with refined body awareness helps the horse learn to work in a symmetrical balance, which results in less wear and tear on the horse’s body. Lauren Sammis rides Whitman, a 12-year-old KWPN gelding.

Developing Balance and Symmetry in the Dressage Horse and Rider

Lauren Sammis explains how constant awareness of your position in relation to your horse’s body is the key to proper riding.

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How Dressage Horses Benefit from Variety

Courtney King-Dye explains the importance of days off, hack days and regular turnout.

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How to Assess Progress in Your Dressage Training

Jan Brons explains steps you can take to avoid frustration for you and your horse as you move forward in your training.

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How to Win Dressage Test Points with Accuracy

Learn how accuracy can give you an advantage in the show ring.

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How to Organize, Plan and Structure Your Ride

By following the three-part ride structure—warm-up, work sets and cool-down—we ensure the horse works in optimal physical comfort and emotional health.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - arnd.nl Judges must learn and use correct terminology and become extremely descriptive in order to give reflective comments.

The Benefits of a Dressage Judge’s Perspective

Kathy Rowse explains a lesson she wishes she had learned sooner in her dressage career.

Credit: Anya Crane Careful planning is the key to success in the arena.

Three Steps to Maximize Success in the Dressage Show Ring with Janet Foy

Janet Foy explains how to get the most from your dressage show and also shares tips for dressage riders who choose not to compete.

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Motivate Your Dressage Horse with Uta Gräf

German Grand Prix rider Uta Gräf explains how to train using the rider's moral obligation to the dressage horse.

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Horse Camping with Portable Panels and Electric Tape

Tips for making overnight trips with your horse easy, fun and safe using a portable pen. By Sandra Cooke for Practical Horseman magazine.