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Dressage Schooling Notebook: Transitions with Cindy Ishoy

Strengthen and supple your horse with a series of upward and downward transitions.

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How to Ride the Half Halt with Jan Ebeling

The half halt is a combination of forward aids and restricting aids that will put your horse in balance and on the bit.

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Use Transitions to Develop Your Dressage Horse's Throughness: A Four-Step Exercise

Ride through these four steps from Beth Baumert to improve your horse's throughness.

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3 Exercises to Improve Transitions Into and Out of Canter Lengthenings

Joy Congdon explains how to maintain control over a horse who likes to run in canter lengthenings.

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Why Good Basics Are So Important in Dressage

Gabriel Armando draws on his personal experience to explain why all dressage riders need a solid foundation of basic skills.

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24 Dressage Training Tips from Kyra Kyrklund

Five-time Olympian Kyra Kyrklund shares her dressage training secrets at a Kentucky symposium.

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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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9 Techniques to Improve the Halt, Part 2

FEI trainer Volker Brommann explains how to develop the halt through the training levels and gives tips on how to improve this movement and correct common problems.

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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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Suppleness: Kathleen Raine's Key to Success in Dressage

How to achieve this must-have component of your horse’s dressage training

It can be a good showmanship strategy to do a canter-to-trot transition near to the corner at Training Level.

The Role of Showmanship in Dressage Tests

Margaret Freeman explains the art of presenting your horse in the best light to the judge.

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Karen Pavicic: How Stretching Can Benefit Your Horse

A Canadian team rider explains how to develop the horse’s back to create qualities needed for dressage horses at every level.

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Back to the Toolbox

Can-ter ... with a little help from my friend, the transition.

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A U.S. Clinic with Dressage Legend Carl Hester

Get an inside look at this British dressage great's first clinic in America.

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A Long Neck Equals a More Rideable Horse

Successful riding at the upper levels of dressage begins with teaching your horse to come through his back with a long neck and go to the hand.

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Tips to Improve Trot Lengthening Transitions

Cindy Sydnor critiques this rider and 9-year-old mare.

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Hilda Gurney: First Level Movements with Young Horses

Learn how to begin schooling First Level movements with a 4-year-old.

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How to Calm a Nervous Horse Using Lateral Movements

Stacey Hastings answers a reader question.

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9 Tips to Ride a Winning Dressage Test

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