Training Scale

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How to APPLY Your Knowledge of the Dressage Training Scale

Plus: Advice for Balancing the Adult Amateur Lifestyle

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How to Use the Training Scale to Simplify and Troubleshoot Your Dressage Training

Dressage Today blogger Jenna Arnold shares some advice on how to focus on the root of your training challenges, rather than the symptom. Plus, try her exercise of the month that hones in on square turns.

Credit: Arnd Bronkhorst - Arnd.nl Good dressage judges have many responsibilities: to the sport, to horses and riders, to the federation and show management.

Is There Breed Bias In Dressage Judging?

Dressage judge Kathy Rowse answers this reader question and discusses the duties of a dressage judge.

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The Origins of the Dressage Training Scale

USDF gold medalist Bruno Greber explains why the dressage training scale was developed.

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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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7 Dressage Philosophy Lessons I Learned from Yoga Class

As a yoga newbie, DT's managing editor discovers surprising parallels between dressage and yoga.

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9 Tips to Ride a Winning Dressage Test

Top dressage judges Lilo Fore, Anne Gribbons and Hilda Gurney weigh in.

Credit: Emily Austin Photography Sandra Daugirda poses with Zee and clinician Lilo Fore.

The 10-Track Mind: A Dressage Lesson with Lilo Fore

10 key points for riding like a dressage professional

Credit: SusanJStickle.com Lilo Fore judges Canadian Olympian Jacqueline Brooks at the 2013 CDI 5* in Wellington, Florida.

The Job of a Dressage Judge

Lilo Fore reflects on her promotion to the FEI’s top judge’s rank.

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Build a Foundation with Suppleness

Doreen Horsey explains the importance of putting the training scale into practice.

Felicitas von Neumann-Cosell rides Hosanna, an 11-year-old Hanoverian mare. Hosanna shows the difference from a working trot to a more powerful and cadenced trot, with clearly more expression and change of balance toward her hindquarters. | Photo by Mary McKenna

Create Positive Tension for a Better Dressage Frame

FEI trainer Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel explains the training tools that can motivate and guide the horse to create positive tension and carry himself in a dressage frame.

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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.