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Dressage Solutions: To Prevent Leaning Into a Turn

Try this tip from Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel

To prevent leaning into a turn, which can lead to loss of balance…

Imagine your horse is a table and you want all the legs to be of equal length so it is level (Photo A). If the horse is on the forehand the front legs will feel shorter (Photo B), if he is leaning in the turn it might feel like the inside front leg is shorter and the outside hind leg is longer than the rest (Photo C). Considering the balance of the level table, the rider must evaluate how to send energy through the horse during every stride so balance can be maintained. —Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel

Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel is an international Grand Prix competitor and trainer, and has been located at First Choice Farm in Woodbine, Maryland, for 35 years. Growing up in Germany she chose the route of professional trainer and passed her German Federation Master Exam with the highest score at the time. She is known for developing her horses as beautiful athletes, improving their gaits and physique as they move up the levels.

This article was produced by Dressage Today and first appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Practical Horseman

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