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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)

Click here to read more articles from Maryal Barnett.

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.

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