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dressage rhythm vs tempo difference

What is the Difference Between Rhythm and Tempo in Dressage?

Heather Blitz explains the difference between these two terms used commonly in dressage.

Credit: Courtesy, Corinne Foxley In this moment, Bomol is changing the flexion in the direction of the new lead to strike off into canter.

How to Correctly Ride a Change of Lead Through Trot

Learn the steps to ride this movement that appears in First Level Test 3.

24 Dressage Training Tips

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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Trot Lengthenings: The What, The Why and The How

Carole Grant explains how to do this basic dressage movement.

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Why Does My Horse Break from Trot into a Slow, Hopping Canter?

John Zopatti answers this reader-submitted question, explaining why horses might favor one gait over another and offering potential solutions.

Credit: Courtesy, Lynne Simonson Lynne Simonson and her 11-year-old Dutch/Thoroughbred-cross, Teaghan, compete at Training Level.

Establish a Comfort-Zone Trot

Susanne von Dietze critiques Lynne Simonson at Training and First Level.

Credit: Silke Rottermann Long, straight lines going up a gradual slope, interspersed with some steeper grades, will work wonders for strengthening a horse’s haunches and creating a more uphill balance.

How to Remedy Forging in Dressage Horses

Joy Congdon explains some common causes of forging and shares some simple, fun ways to help strengthen your horse.

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How to Distinguish Between the Various Kinds of Trot in Dressage

Melonie Kessler explains the difference between working, medium, lengthened and extended trot.

Credit: Courtesy of Trafalgar Square Books The first goal during the early schooling phase is to reestablish the natural rhythm of the horse in each basic gait. Mandy Zimmer trains with German Olympian Klaus Balkenhol.

The Fundamentals of Rhythm in Dressage Work

Eckart Meyners explains how to establish the young horse’s natural rhythm under the weight of the rider.

The Grand Prix half passes

How to Ride and Judge the Dressage Zigzags

Janet Foy explains the intricacies of this dressage movement.

Cadence: The marked accentuation of the rhythm and (musical) beat that is a result of a steady and suitable tempo harmonizing with a springy impulsion. —USDF Glossary of Dressage Judging Terms.

Kathleen Raine: From Rhythm to Cadence

Kathleen Raine discusses how to make your horse move with better rhythm and more expression.

Credit: SusanJStickle.com Half pass is an advanced exercise and is executed well as a result of a horse and rider who are well trained and have a good understanding and solid foundation for the basics.

How Can I Make the Half Pass Flow?

Learn how your horse's stiff and hollow sides affect this movement.

A horse presented in-hand should have an expression of energy and lightness. | Photo by Hunter Messineo

How to Present Your Horse In-Hand at a Breed Show

Find out how to achieve an expression of energy and lightness when presenting horses in-hand at breed shows.