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Dressage Solutions: Understand the Proper Feeling of Lengthening a Horse's Stride

Try this tip from Maryal Barnett.

To understand the proper feeling of lengthening a horse’s stride…

Imagine your horse is lifting his forehand to trot up a hill. This climbing sensation represents the feel of a horse lightening his forehand and shifting his balance to his hindquarters.—Maryal Barnett

(Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz)

(Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz)

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Maryal Barnett is a dressage judge—a Fédération Equestre Internationale “C,” a U.S. Equestrian Federation and Equine Canada “S”—and an examiner for the U.S. Dressage Federation’s (USDF) Instructor Certification and “L” Education Programs. A member of the board of directors of The Dressage Foundation, she is also a USDF silver and bronze medalist. She teaches throughout the United States and is a frequent contributor to Dressage Today.