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What are Figures? Figures are “prescribed paths a horse is ridden on in a riding arena…[which] provides markers that can help indicate the correctness in the size or shape of a figure” (wikipedia). Why gives rider feedback about their own skills (a poor circle may indicate the rider sits crooked) gives rider feedback about their … Continue reading →

9 Tips for a Winning Dressage Test. Top judges Lilo Fore, Anne Gribbons and Hilda Gurney weigh in.

9 Tips to Ride a Winning Dressage Test

Top dressage judges Lilo Fore, Anne Gribbons and Hilda Gurney weigh in.

Very interesting - effect of rider posture on the biomechanics of the horse.

The Velvet Rider

I thought this was interesting.

Follow Ingrid Klimke’s six-week plan for dressage horses.

Ingrid Klimke on Cross-Training with Cavalletti

Follow Ingrid Klimke’s six-week plan for dressage horses and see her sample cavalletti layouts.

Teaching a green horse his leads isn’t easy. Here are some tips to help.

Getting Your Leads on a Greenie - Horse Illustrated

Teaching a green horse his leads isn’t easy. Before you resort to running around in circles, stop and consider whether you’ve adequately prepared your greenie for this new lesson. Your horse should willingly move forward from your leg. Next, he should move away from leg pressure, especially outside leg pressure. That means that when you …

A balanced, independent seat is vitally important when riding over ground poles. Remaining balanced and poised rather than bouncing around on your horses back will enable him to focus on using himself correctly through the poles… Rather than trying to get out from under your backside hammering away on his back

Basic Exercises Using Ground Poles

A balanced, independent seat is vitally important when riding over ground poles. Remaining balanced and poised rather than bouncing around on your horses back will enable him to focus on using himself correctly through the poles… Rather than trying to get out from under your backside hammering away on his back

4 poles: 7 exercises. The poles stay in the same location, just new exercises!

4 poles: 7 exercises

Brilliant exercises for those with little equipment and particularly for those who are on their own. You just need to set the four poles out before you get on, then all the exercises can be ridden …

OTTB training, on the bit, horse training, dressage, training problems

OTTB training problems? Try this! - Horses & Champagne

OTTB training, on the bit, horse training, dressage, training problems

Improve Your Horse’s Walk-to-Canter Transition with This Easy (but Meaningful) Exercise – Trafalgar Square Books Blog

Improve Your Horse’s Walk-to-Canter Transition with This Easy (but Meaningful) Exercise

Who hasn’t struggled with walk-to-canter transitions sometime in his or her riding life? While our earliest engagements with walk-to-faster-FASTER-FASTER trots can be owed to short legs, lack…

How to teach the piaffe in-hand - YouTube

How to teach the piaffe in-hand

This video is about how to start teaching your horse how to piaffe in hand.

Exercises to beat boredom and improve your horse’s skills.

Dressage Arena Workout - Horse Illustrated

Like most riders, you might resent the thought of one more day in the arena. Even when armed with homework from your last lesson, arena riding can become uninspired and boring. When this happens, it’s difficult to find clear goals for your workouts. Plus, if you are bored, imagine how your horse feels. A toolbox …

inside leg to outside rein

“Inside Leg To Outside Rein” – The Cheat Sheet

How often have you heard that term? Sure, it sounds like a pretty simple concept until you try it, Here’s a detailed breakdown and a “cheat” exercise (that’s not really a ch…

International jumper rider Kim Prince shares tips for making your horse adjustable and keeping him straight to fences. By Kim Prince exclusively for Practical Horseman magazine.

How to Keep Your Horse Straight to Fences

International jumper rider Kim Prince shares tips for making your horse adjustable and keeping him straight to fences.

Correct Body Alignment to Ride Bending Lines~Every rider I teach knows that I am a stickler about body alignment. By keeping your seat in the correct position, you allow the energy to flow through your legs in the right way and go to your hands

How to Use Correct Body Alignment to Ride Bending Lines

Use correct body alignment to ride a bending line with true connection.