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Dressage Solutions: Create Throughness with Correct Bend

Try this tip from Annie Morris.

To create throughness with correct bend when your horse is crooked …

Imagine your crooked horse as a kinked hose. You need to straighten him to get the kinks out and get the water (his energy) flowing. Then you can bend him correctly. —Annie Morris

Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz

This illustration first appeared in the July 2015 issue of Dressage Today magazine.


Annie Morris is the assistant trainer at Cloverlea Dressage LLC in Columbia, Connecticut, and Loxahatchee, Florida. She began her journey as a horse-crazy girl in the west, then moved to New York to work with Lendon Gray. She has been working with Beth Baumert at Cloverlea for five years. Morris teaches and trains horses through Grand Prix. She is currently competing her Lusitano stallion, Telurico, at Grand Prix. She is a USDF bronze, silver and gold medalist, a USDF Certified Instructor though Fourth Level and a member of the faculty for the USDF Certified Instructor Introductory Program.

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