Dressage Solutions: Create Soft Downward Transitions

Try this tip from Kathy Connelly.

To create the soft, downward transitions that you want to feel with your horse…

Imagine that your transitions land gently, like a leaf floating to the earth. —

Kathy Connelly 

Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz

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This Solutions illustration first appeared in the June 2015 issue of Dressage Today. 

Kathy Connelly is an international dressage rider, trainer and coach. She represented the United States Equestrian Team at the World Cup in Sweden and trained extensively in Germany with Herbert Rehbein and in Vienna with Ernst Bachinger, the former director of the Spanish Riding School. She trains out of Elysium Farm in Harvard, Massachusetts, and at Havensafe Farm in Wellington, Florida.