How To Dressage Podcast

How To Dressage Podcast
We are an information podcast breaking down the How To’s of dressage. All of our episodes are put together by British Dressage judges to help you train your horse correctly, get higher scores and win your next dressage competition.

to Activate Your Horse’s Hind Legs
Oct 19 • 8 min
In a nutshell, an active hind leg helps to develop the horse’s engagement and, ultimately, collection.
to Ride Working Trot
Oct 12 • 9 min
You must establish a good working trot before you can move on to training your horse to produce collected, medium, and extended trot.
to Correct a Four-Beat Canter
Oct 5 • 12 min
Canter can be a tricky pace to get right, and it’s often a big mark-loser in dressage tests.
to Ride a Good Upwards Transition
Sep 28 • 12 min
Transitions are also crucial for developing and improving your horse’s obedience, balance, suppleness, and “throughness.”
to Ride Medium Walk
Sep 21 • 9 min
In this episode, we focus on how to ride the medium walk. If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here…
to Turn Your Horse Without Pulling on the Inside Rein
Sep 14 • 10 min
When we’re taught to ride, we’re usually told to turn the horse left by pulling on the left rein, and turn the horse right by pulling on the right rein, and some people never get out of the habit.
to Ride a 15-Meter Circle
Sep 7 • 10 min
Fifteen-meter circles are a deceptively tricky dressage movement that is seldom seen ridden well
to Get Started in Dressage
Aug 31 • 11 min
Dressage has never been as popular as it is today, so if you want to get started in dressage, here’s what you need to know!
to Ride Shoulder-Fore
Aug 24 • 11 min
If you’re new to the world of dressage, you may have heard the terms shoulder-fore and shoulder-in mentioned both in terms of schooling your horse and as elements of dressage tests.
Riders Lose Marks in Dressage Tests
Aug 17 • 14 min
There’s no point in spending hours schooling your horse at home and investing in expensive lessons if you go ahead and throw marks away when you ride a dressage test in a competition! Yet, so many riders do just that.
to Use a Dressage Whip Correctly
Aug 10 • 13 min
A dressage whip is a useful tool as an additional training aid for your horse when used correctly.
to Introduce Lateral Work (And in What Order)
Aug 3 • 17 min
Lateral work is an essential part of your daily schooling sessions, as well as being included in the more advanced level dressage tests.
Racehorse to Dressage Horse - New Book!
Jul 27 • 16 min
Sharing some content from our new book, Racehorse to Dressage Horse
to Impress a Dressage Judge
Jul 20 • 8 min
There are a few other things that you can do to help impress the judge.
to Get an Independent Seat
Jul 6 • 11 min
Any rider who wants to progress their dressage career must learn to ride in perfect balance without relying on the reins for support. In other words, you must develop an independent seat.
to Ride Larger Horses and Bring Them on the Aids
Jun 29 • 12 min
A large horse with big movement can be tricky to connect and ride on the bit, which presents you with a number of problems.
to Improve Your Transitions
Jun 22 • 16 min
Transitions are the glue that holds the dressage horse’s performance together, and that’s why every dressage test contains so many!
to Stop Your Horse Breaking out of Canter
Jun 15 • 12 min
When your horse breaks out of his canter during a dressage test and falls back into trot, you’re pretty much guaranteed a mark of 4 at best.
to Correctly Time Your Aids
Jun 8 • 10 min
The application of the correct aids at the right time ensures that the horse will give you the response you’re looking for whilst still being able to keep his balance.
to Reduce Tension and Get Your Horse to Relax
Jun 1 • 16 min
Tension is a mark-losing problem that most dressage riders have experienced at some point in their career.
to Improve Your Dressage Test Accuracy
May 18 • 11 min
Even if your horse is still in the early stages of his dressage career, you can easily pick up extra marks by being more accurate, whatever level you are riding at.
Dressage Work Can Keep Your Horse Sound
May 11 • 18 min
The best way to keep your horse sound and healthy for the longest time is to school him using sympathetic methods that strengthen him without stressing his body.
to Use Your Dressage Scoresheets to Improve Your Next Test
May 4 • 11 min
The the most successful, savvy riders use their dressage scoresheets to improve their next performance, and you can do that too.
to Teach Your Horse to Lengthen
Apr 27 • 13 min
Once you reach novice level in dressage, you will be asked to show that you can lengthen your horse’s stride in the walk, trot, and canter.
to Stop Your Horse from Tilting its Head
Apr 6 • 10 min
If your horse tends to tilt his head, you will be marked down in a test situation each time that he does it. So, what causes the evasion in the first place, and how can you correct the fault?
to Desensitize Your Horse
Mar 30 • 17 min
Desensitizing is the process by which you teach your horse not to be afraid of things that would ordinarily frighten him.
to Get a Good Rhythm
Mar 16 • 16 min
If your horse does not work in the correct regular rhythm and appropriate tempo, you cannot hope to progress through the levels successfully.
to Structure a Dressage Training Plan for Your Horse - The Cool-Down Phase & Fitness (Part 3 of 3)
Mar 12 • 9 min
In this episode, we look at how you can create a dressage training plan for your horse and focus on the cool-down phase as well as getting and keeping your horse fit for work.
to Structure a Dressage Training Plan for Your Horse - The Training Phase (Part 2 of 3)
Mar 9 • 20 min
In this episode, we look at how you can create a dressage training plan for your horse and focus on the training phase.
to Structure a Dressage Training Plan for Your Horse - The Warm-Up Phase (Part 1 of 3)
Mar 5 • 6 min
Whatever your competitive level and aspirations, a structured training plan for your horse is a crucial tool that allows you to advance in the dressage arena.
to Ride a Good Canter-Trot Transition
Mar 2 • 8 min
The downward transition from canter to trot is typically the most challenging to ride well and is often a big mark-loser in dressage tests.
to Train the Young Dressage Horse - Starting Under Saddle (Part 3 of 3)
Feb 27 • 8 min
When you begin working your young dressage horse under saddle, keep in mind that he will have a short attention span and be very easily distracted.
to Train the Young Dressage Horse - Early Days (Part 2 of 3)
Feb 24 • 13 min
In this episode, we look at the early days of training your young dressage horse.
to Buy a Young Dressage Horse (Part 1 of 3)
Feb 20 • 15 min
If you’re buying a young horse for dressage, there’s a lot to think about!
to Ride Collected Trot
Feb 17 • 9 min
Unfortunately, when asked to show collected trot, many riders make the mistake of assuming that what’s required is simply a slower version of the working pace. But that’s far from the truth!
to Ride Extended Walk
Feb 13 • 9 min
In this episode, we explain how to ride a good extended walk to squeeze the most marks possible from the movement; and what dressage rider doesn’t want to do that?! If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here -…
to Ride a Strong Horse
Feb 10 • 10 min
In this episode, we look at why your horse is strong and then discuss some ways to correct this issue. If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - To view our…
to Ride Extended Canter
Feb 6 • 13 min
Extended canter is a difficult exercise to get right, and many horses rush and break into a four-beat gallop sequence, rather than maintaining the clear three-beat canter.
to Judge a Dressage Test
Feb 3 • 12 min
The subject of dressage judging and how the judge arrives at his/her marks is a topic that’s always guaranteed to spark a lively debate among competitors, especially if you’re new to the sport.
to Ride Extended Trot
Jan 30 • 14 min
One of the most spectacular and impressive movements in dressage is the extended trot.
to Stop Your Horse From Opening His Mouth (Without Using a Flash)
Jan 27 • 11 min
Opening the mouth when ridden is generally a symptom of an underlying problem, such as dental issues, poor riding, or a badly fitting or unsuitable bit that is causing the horse pain or discomfort.
to Get Your Horse to Canter on the Correct Leg
Jan 23 • 11 min
Teaching your horse to pick up the correct canter lead is something many riders struggle with.
to Deepen Your Seat for Dressage
Jan 20 • 9 min
As a dressage rider, your seat is one of your most important aids.
to Create More Jump in the Canter
Jan 16 • 7 min
A judge’s remark that’s often seen on dressage score sheets is that the canter “needs more jump.”
to Ride Haunches-Out (Renvers)
Jan 13 • 11 min
Renvers is a gymnastic straightening exercise that is basically the mirror image of travers (haunches-in).
to Improve Your Dressage Scores
Jan 9 • 14 min
Many riders throw away marks unnecessarily every time they compete. You can use our top tips to stop losing those valuable marks by making these simple adjustments each time you ride a test.
to Train Canter Pirouettes
Jan 6 • 12 min
Canter pirouettes are one of the advanced dressage movements that many riders at the lower levels aspire to ride one day.
are Dressage Horses Trained?
Jan 3 • 10 min
There are many facets that make a successful dressage horse, and it takes many years to train one through from novice to the very highest level.
to be a GREAT Dressage Rider
Jan 1 • 21 min
Great dressage riders are the ones who do their homework.
to Build a Good Dressage Foundation
Dec 30, 2019 • 8 min
Building a good dressage foundation relies on how successfully you implement the Dressage Scales of Training.
to Improve Your Horse’s Straightness and Collection
Dec 27, 2019 • 13 min
If your horse isn’t straight, you cannot hope to achieve true collection and progress up the dressage ladder.
to Keep Your Heels Down & Toes In When Riding
Dec 25, 2019 • 8 min
Riding with your heels down and your toes facing forward is not just about aesthetics and “looking the part.”
Your Horse Should Use His Hindquarters
Dec 23, 2019 • 9 min
To achieve true collection, you need to school your horse to use his hindquarters correctly to create thrust, reach, and engagement.
to Develop Balance and Symmetry in Both Horse and Rider
Dec 20, 2019 • 14 min
In all of your riding, whether it be competing, schooling, or just hacking out, you should be thinking about balance and symmetry in your horse and yourself.
‘Ordinary’ Horses can Excel in Dressage Competitions
Dec 18, 2019 • 11 min
If you have an “ordinary” horse with regular but unspectacular paces, you may wonder if you have a hope of beating the big-moving, warmbloods and sports horses that you’ll come across in dressage.
What to do if You Make a Mistake During a Dressage Test
Dec 16, 2019 • 6 min
If you make a mistake during a dressage test, don’t panic!
to Build Relaxed Power in the Dressage Horse
Dec 15, 2019 • 10 min
Only when your horse is fully relaxed can you build the necessary power needed for the higher dressage movements.
Any Dressage Rider Can Become a More Professional Equestrian
Dec 14, 2019 • 9 min
There are lots of things you can do to become a more professional equestrian.
Long Should You Ride Your Horse For?
Dec 13, 2019 • 8 min
How long you ride your horse for depends on various factors such as his age, the type of exercise involved, and what you hope to achieve.
to Use Your Upper Leg
Dec 12, 2019 • 7 min
In this article, we take a look at the function of the upper leg in dressage riding and explain how you can achieve the perfect position.
to Prepare Your Horse for Transitions
Dec 11, 2019 • 8 min
The key the good transitions is all in the preparation.
to Ride Collected Walk
Dec 10, 2019 • 6 min
The collected walk is not an easy pace to ride and train.
to Warm-Up Your Horse for a Dressage Competition
Dec 9, 2019 • 6 min
Getting your warm-up routine right is crucial if you’re going to produce your best performance in the dressage arena.
Interview with Paul & Bobby Hayler - Father & Daughter Grand Prix Riders
Dec 8, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode, we share a past interview with Grand Prix dressage riders, Paul & Bobby Hayler.
to Ride a Dressage Test on Grass
Dec 7, 2019 • 8 min
Riding a good dressage test on grass is an art in itself! Here are some top tips on how to produce your best work on an unfamiliar surface, should the need arise.
to Stop Your Horse From Resting a Hind Leg in Halt
Dec 6, 2019 • 6 min
If your horse has a habit of resting a hind leg in halt, that can very expensive in lost marks!
to Handle a Less Than Perfect Warm-up Arena at a Competition
Dec 5, 2019 • 6 min
Here are some top tips to help you cope with the less than perfect warm-up arena.
to Ride a Good Canter-Walk Transition
Dec 4, 2019 • 10 min
Canter to walk is used when riding simple changes as a preparation for the flying changes that come with the more advanced work.
What is “The Correct Way of Going” in Dressage?
Dec 3, 2019 • 6 min
Something dressage riders and judges often refer to is, “the correct way of going.”
to Ride the (Nearly) Perfect Dressage Test
Dec 2, 2019 • 9 min
Have you ever wondered what makes the difference between a 60 percent dressage test and a 70 percent one?
Interview with Daniel Martin Dockx - Grand Prix Dressage Rider
Dec 1, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode, we share a past interview with Grand Prix dressage rider, Daniel Martin Dockx.
to Remember a Dressage Test
Nov 30, 2019 • 7 min
There’s nothing more frustrating than forgetting your dressage test half way through!
is Dressage Scored?
Nov 29, 2019 • 10 min
Often, new people to the sport are left a bit confused as to how the scoring works in dressage.
to (and Why You Should) Ride on the Correct Diagonal
Nov 28, 2019 • 6 min
Riding on the correct diagonal is a straightforward and useful way of helping your horse to keep his balance and rhythm in the trot as he moves around turns and circles.
to Salute in a Dressage Test
Nov 27, 2019 • 5 min
The salute is an exercise that occurs at least once in every dressage test. If ridden incorrectly, extra marks can be lost.
Rollkur Explained: What It Is And What It Isn’t
Nov 26, 2019 • 6 min
Rollkur is a controversial training technique that was imported from some European countries many decades ago.
to Handle a Poor Dressage Score
Nov 25, 2019 • 8 min
Competing can be a stressful experience, and you won’t always get the excellent result you were hoping for.
Interview with Heather Blitz - Grand Prix Dressage Rider
Nov 24, 2019 • 31 min
In this episode, we share a past interview with Grand Prix dressage rider, Heather Blitz.
to Plan Dressage Freestyle to Music in 7 Steps
Nov 23, 2019 • 9 min
Dressage to music isn’t just fun, it can also help your overall performance.
to Become a Dressage Judge (British Dressage)
Nov 22, 2019 • 7 min
Becoming a Dressage Judge is an expensive, time-consuming, and challenging journey.
to Ride Flying Changes
Nov 21, 2019 • 7 min
Flying changes are often seen as the highlight of an advanced dressage test and are something every dressage rider wants to master!
to use Poles to Improve Your Horse’s Way of Going
Nov 20, 2019 • 6 min
Polework can be a great way of improving your horse’s general way of going, as well as adding variety and fun to his work routine.
to Encourage Your Horse to Listen More
Nov 19, 2019 • 7 min
How you get and keep your horse’s attention largely depends on the character of your horse and the cause of his lack of focus.
to Ride a Change of Lead Through Trot
Nov 18, 2019 • 5 min
A change of lead through trot is a way of changing the canter lead. In essence, it’s canter-trot-canter.
Interview with Tom Dvorak - Grand Pix Dressage Rider
Nov 17, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode, we share a past interview with Grand Prix dressage rider, Tom Dvorak.
to Half-Pass
Nov 16, 2019 • 5 min
This is the simplest and most successful way to teach half-pass to both horse and rider, as they focus on riding forward along the line with a modest degree of displacement of the hind quarters, instead of getting hung up on ‘going sideways’.
to Stop Your Horse’s Poll From Getting Too Low
Nov 15, 2019 • 7 min
A comment that you may sometimes see on your dressage score sheets is ‘poll too low’ or ‘poll dropping’.
to Improve Rider Balance
Nov 14, 2019 • 5 min
It’s important to develop good balance if you are to progress and succeed in your dressage riding aspirations.
to Ride Turn Around the Forehand
Nov 13, 2019 • 6 min
In this episode, we discuss the training differences between turn ON the forehand and turn AROUND the forehand, and how to ride the latter.
Why ALL Dressage Riders Need to Know The Scales of Training
Nov 12, 2019 • 7 min
The six Scales of Training are what the riders in one of the world’s most successful dressage nations are taught throughout their early years of riding.
to Ride Haunches-In (Travers)
Nov 11, 2019 • 6 min
The aim of the haunches-in is to collect the pace, whether trot or canter, and to improve the balance as a progressive exercise for the advanced movements.
Interview with Dan Watson & Nicola Naylor
Nov 10, 2019 • 28 min
In this episode, we share a past interview with blind para rider Nicola Naylor and Grand Prix rider Dan Watson.
to Ride a Serpentine
Nov 9, 2019 • 8 min
Serpentines are useful schooling exercises that also appear in British Dressage tests from Novice level upwards, so it’s important that you know how to ride them correctly and understand their benefit.
Much Contact Should You Have?
Nov 8, 2019 • 6 min
It’s important to understand that it’s the horse that seeks the rider’s hand, and the rider who, in turn, grants it.
to Ride a Good Center Line
Nov 7, 2019 • 6 min
There are two center lines in every dressage test that you ride, and some tests have more than that.
What is the Difference Between Bend and Flexion?
Nov 6, 2019 • 6 min
There is a distinct difference in bending your horse to meet the demands of a circle or turn, and asking your horse for flexion – either left or right, or over his topline.
to Ride a Figure of Eight
Nov 5, 2019 • 6 min
The figure of eight is a really useful schooling exercise you can use at home that’s also included in dressage tests from the lower levels upwards.
to Stop Your Horse From Falling In
Nov 4, 2019 • 5 min
The usual cause of falling in is a lack of balance and suppleness.
Interview with Alizée Froment - Bitless & Bareback Grand Prix Rider
Nov 3, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode, we share a past interview with bitless and bareback Grand Prix dressage rider, Alizée Froment
to Keep a Consistent Rein Contact
Nov 2, 2019 • 6 min
Keeping a consistent rein contact depends on a number of factors which we discuss in this podcast.
2 Ways to Win FREE How To Dressage Books! :)
Nov 1, 2019 • 16 min
In this episode, we share with you two ways in which you can win free copies of our books and training diaries.
to Ride Good Corners
Oct 31, 2019 • 7 min
You can maximize arena space by making the best use of the corners.
to Improve Your Dressage Position
Oct 30, 2019 • 8 min
Here are some common rider problems together with tips on how to correct them.
to Ride a Good Trot-Halt Transition
Oct 29, 2019 • 7 min
One of the most challenging transitions to ride well is that from trot directly into halt.
to Lengthen Your Lower Leg
Oct 28, 2019 • 6 min
The key to developing a longer lower leg is finding your center of gravity and opening up your hips.
Interview with Wizz Clack - Grand Prix Rider
Oct 27, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode, we share a past interview with Grand Prix dressage rider and Wizz Clack.
to Keep Your Horse Straight
Oct 26, 2019 • 6 min
How can you tell if your horse is crooked, and what can you do to make your horse straight?
to Ride a Horse That is Sensitive to the Leg and Rushes
Oct 25, 2019 • 7 min
Although it is desirable and indeed necessary for a dressage horse to work forwards from the rider’s leg, problems can arise when the horse is in too much of a hurry!
to Teach Your Horse to Accept The Bit & Bridle
Oct 24, 2019 • 5 min
In order for a horse to gain good marks in dressage tests at any level, he must learn to accept the bit and bridle.
to Ride a Good Halt-Trot Transition
Oct 23, 2019 • 5 min
Halt to trot transitions are asked for at the beginning of most dressage tests.
to Encourage Your Horse to Stretch on a Long Rein
Oct 22, 2019 • 5 min
In order to execute the exercise “stretching on a long rein” correctly, the rider must lengthen the reins as the horse stretches gradually forward and downward.
to Stop Your Horse Snatching at the Reins
Oct 21, 2019 • 7 min
When the horse snatches at the reins, this can be quite infuriating to the rider, and marks will be lost if done in a dressage test.
Interview with Hannah Biggs - Grand Prix Rider
Oct 20, 2019 • 22 min
In this episode, we share a past interview with Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer Hannah Biggs.
to Choose and Correctly Fit a Bit for Dressage (Single Bit/Bridle)
Oct 19, 2019 • 7 min
Here are the checks you need to make to be certain your bit is correctly fitted to your horse’s mouth.
to Ride Collected Canter
Oct 18, 2019 • 6 min
Collection should be thought of as a rebalancing of the weight carriage towards the haunches, and NOT as a shortening of the stride.
to Ride a Good Trot-Walk Transition
Oct 17, 2019 • 5 min
Riding a correct transition from trot to walk is utterly essential to furthering your horse’s training.
to Ride a Walk Pirouette
Oct 16, 2019 • 5 min
A walk pirouette is a movement in which the horse moves his forehand around his haunches, usually through 180 degrees until he is facing the opposite direction.
to Get Your Horse In Front of the Leg
Oct 15, 2019 • 5 min
Having your horse in front of your leg is very important if you are to achieve anything when schooling your horse for dressage.
to Develop Your Horse’s Engagement in the Canter
Oct 14, 2019 • 8 min
The development of engagement in the canter work is key to showing good uphill balance in a dressage test.
Interview with Dressage Paralympian Simon Laurens
Oct 13, 2019 • 40 min
Interview with Paralympian dressage rider and trainer Simon Laurens.
to Improve Your Horse’s Confidence
Oct 12, 2019 • 7 min
Confidence and relaxation are very important if you and your horse are to present a happy and harmonious partnership in the dressage arena.
to Ride a Good Trot-Canter Transition
Oct 11, 2019 • 7 min
Riding good trot to canter transitions is a very important part of your horse’s education.
to Stop Your Horse Coming Against the Bit
Oct 10, 2019 • 7 min
When the horse comes against the bit, it is mostly due to being out of balance and lacking suppleness.
to Improve Your Horse’s Balance
Oct 9, 2019 • 5 min
From the moment you place the weight of a rider onto a horse’s back, you totally destroy his natural balance.
to Stop Gripping With Your Knees
Oct 8, 2019 • 5 min
A common problem with rider position is the tendency to grip with the knees.
to Record a Video Dressage Test
Oct 7, 2019 • 8 min
When competing in online dressage, it’s important to make the best video you possibly can.
Interview with Sarah Sjoholm-Patience - Grand Prix Rider
Oct 5, 2019 • 27 min
In this episode, we share a past interview with Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer Sarah Sjoholm-Patience.
to Keep Your Horse Balanced When Cantering Across a Diagonal
Oct 5, 2019 • 5 min
Helping your horse to maintain his balance while cantering across the diagonal is largely dependent upon the correct preparation, and on how you sit in the saddle.
to Teach Your Horse to Stand Still
Oct 4, 2019 • 4 min
An important element of the halt exercise in dressage tests is ‘immobility’.
to Ride a Good Trot-Walk-Trot Transition
Oct 3, 2019 • 6 min
The trot-walk-trot exercise is a movement that often causes problems for riders.
to Sharpen up a Lazy Horse
Oct 2, 2019 • 7 min
Not every horse is as enthusiastic about dressage as their rider, and although the judge is looking for relaxation and calmness in the horse’s way of going, impulsion is also required for high marks.
to Encourage Your Horse to Relax at Dressage Competitions
Oct 1, 2019 • 5 min
Relaxation is a key requirement of the ‘happy athlete’, presenting a picture of a willing horse and harmonious partnership to the dressage judge.
to Get Your Horse off His Forehand
Sep 30, 2019 • 4 min
A horse that is inclined to work on his forehand will be unbalanced through the transitions and will find negotiating small circles and turns difficult.
to Ride Medium Canter
Sep 29, 2019 • 6 min
Here’s an overview of what is required in a medium canter, together with some helpful advice on how to teach your horse to do it.
to Work Your Horse Long and Low
Sep 28, 2019 • 5 min
Working your horse ‘long and low’ refers to a technique that is used by dressage riders to develop their horse’s relaxation, suppleness and willingness to work through his back to seek the rider’s contact.
to Ride Counter Canter
Sep 27, 2019 • 7 min
The value of the counter canter lies in its suppling, engaging, and collecting effects.
to Encourage Your Horse to be More Submissive
Sep 26, 2019 • 5 min
In this episode, we discuss what the term submission means in dressage and how to achieve it.
to Ride Without Stirrups
Sep 25, 2019 • 5 min
Riding without stirrups is an excellent way to check your balance and ensure you are allowing the horse to move freely underneath you.
to Ride Medium Trot
Sep 24, 2019 • 6 min
Some horses have a really good natural medium trot, whilst others take time to develop the pace.
to Ride a Good Walk to Canter
Sep 23, 2019 • 5 min
Once he knows what you’re asking of him, your horse will find walk to canter easier than trot to canter.
to Ride a Good Halt
Sep 22, 2019 • 11 min
One movement that appears at least once in every dressage test is the halt.
to Stop Your Horse From Leaning on the Bit
Sep 21, 2019 • 4 min
In this episode, we discuss why a horse may lean on the bit and share some exercises to help correct this problem.
to Ride a Good Circle
Sep 20, 2019 • 5 min
Every dressage test throughout the levels asks the rider to perform circles of various sizes.
to Ride a Forwards Downward Transition
Sep 19, 2019 • 7 min
Correctly ridden downward transitions not only get you higher marks, but they can also really help to improve many aspects of your horse’s way of going.
What Does ‘Between Hand and Leg’ Actually Mean?
Sep 18, 2019 • 4 min
Once you have the balance between the amount of leg you need to inspire impulsion and the amount of contact (hand) you need to contain it, your horse will become an easier and more pleasurable ride.
to Get Your Horse to Bend
Sep 17, 2019 • 4 min
A supple horse that willingly bends around circles, through corners and when negotiating turns will gain good marks in a dressage test.
to Stop Your Horse From Falling Out
Sep 16, 2019 • 5 min
Why do horses fall out, and what can the rider do to prevent this from happening?
to Ride a Half-Halt
Sep 15, 2019 • 5 min
The half-halt is widely misunderstood; here’s what you need to know!
What Does the Term ‘Happy Athlete’ Mean in Dressage?
Sep 14, 2019 • 4 min
The concept of the ‘happy athlete’ is a fairly recent innovation in terms of dressage sport.
to Keep Your Horse’s Attention Whilst Riding
Sep 13, 2019 • 5 min
In dressage, the horse should remain attentive to his rider’s aids throughout the test, and any loss of concentration will be marked down by the judge.
to Ride a 5-Meter Loop
Sep 12, 2019 • 5 min
A 5-meter loop is an ideal exercise for young horses or for more experiences horses during warming up.
to Manage at a Dressage Competition on Your Own
Sep 11, 2019 • 6 min
Competing can be nerve-wracking enough, but when you’re flying solo, it can be doubly stressful.
3 Exercises to Help Improve Your Dressage Horse’s Suppleness and Balance
Sep 10, 2019 • 5 min
You can improve your horse’s balance and suppleness by including these exercises in your schooling programme.
to Create More Expression in the Trot
Sep 9, 2019 • 7 min
If a horse does not have a great degree of natural expression in his trot, you can enhance it by training strengthening and suppling work, and developing true ‘throughness’.
to Deal with a Spooky Horse
Sep 8, 2019 • 6 min
How do you deal with spooking and what causes horses to spook?
to Improve Your Sitting Trot
Sep 7, 2019 • 6 min
The fundamentals of a good sitting trot are balance, relaxation, and the ability to follow the horse’s movement without interfering with his natural rhythm.
Why do Horse’s Mouths Foam?
Sep 6, 2019 • 5 min
Is a foaming mouth desirable, or something to be concerned about?
to Ride Shoulder-In
Sep 5, 2019 • 6 min
Shoulder-in is a very useful schooling exercise used to improve the horse’s balance, engagement, and lateral suppleness.
to Stop Your Legs From Swinging When Riding
Sep 4, 2019 • 6 min
Possible solutions to stopping your legs from swinging whilst you are riding.
to Know When to Move up to the Next Level in Dressage
Sep 3, 2019 • 6 min
How to gauge when you are your horse are ready to move up to the next level in competition.
to Prepare for a Dressage Competition
Sep 2, 2019 • 4 min
Preparation is the key when it comes to riding a good dressage test
to Refresh a Horse That has Become Stale in his Training
Sep 1, 2019 • 7 min
How do you know if your horse has become stale and what can you do about it?
to Select a Suitable Dressage Horse
Aug 31, 2019 • 6 min
Here are some expert tips and advice on how to choose a suitable dressage horse, so that you get it right first time.
Rules You Must Follow When Warming up at a Dressage Competition
Aug 30, 2019 • 6 min
Here’s what you need to know when it comes to warming-up at dressage competitions.
to Make the Horse’s Canter Stronger
Aug 29, 2019 • 5 min
In order to progress up through the levels, develop a better balance and true collection, the horse must have a strong canter.
to Get Your Horse Rounder and More Through
Aug 28, 2019 • 5 min
We explain what the dressage judge means by ‘rounder and through’ and how to achieve it.
to Use a Double Bridle
Aug 27, 2019 • 6 min
When to introduce your horse to a double bridle, how to fit one, and how to hold the reins.
to Encourage Your Horse to be More Forward, But Not Faster
Aug 26, 2019 • 6 min
How you can encourage your horse to work more forwards, without picking up speed.
to Ride a Simple Change
Aug 25, 2019 • 5 min
Here’s a helpful guide on how to ride a good simple change in your next dressage test.
What to Look for When Selecting a Dressage Trainer
Aug 24, 2019 • 4 min
Make sure you know what you want from a dressage trainer, have a trial lesson and then analyze whether they delivered.
to Improve Your Horse’s Suppleness
Aug 23, 2019 • 6 min
Here’s an overview of suppleness, together with some advice on how to improve this quality in your horse.
to Stop Your Horse Coming Behind the Vertical
Aug 22, 2019 • 6 min
A fault that is commonly observed during dressage tests at all levels is the tendency for a horse to come behind the vertical
to Ride a Give and Retake of the Reins
Aug 21, 2019 • 6 min
The purpose of a ‘give and retake’ and how to ride one correctly.
to Manage Dressage Competition Nerves
Aug 20, 2019 • 5 min
Don’t let competition nerves ruin your dressage performance!
What is a Backward Thinking Horse?
Aug 19, 2019 • 6 min
If you have a horse that is inclined to be backward thinking, it can present a real handicap to the progression of your dressage training.
to Correct a ‘Poking Nose’
Aug 18, 2019 • 6 min
The term, “poking nose” is generally used by the dressage judge to refer to the observation that the horse is above the bit.
to Correct a Lateral Walk
Aug 17, 2019 • 6 min
A lateral walk is one in which the natural sequence of footfalls is disrupted.
Long Should Your Stirrups Be?
Aug 16, 2019 • 5 min
Every dressage rider aspires to have the classical long ‘dressage leg’, but this simply isn’t possible or practical for everyone.
Long Should Your Reins Be?
Aug 15, 2019 • 5 min
Good hands and a suitable rein length are essential if you are to be successful as a dressage rider.
Does a Good Looking Horse get More Marks in Dressage?
Aug 14, 2019 • 6 min
The belief held by some riders is that an attractive, expensive horse will be marked more highly in a dressage test than a plain one
Long to Warm up for Before a Dressage Test
Aug 13, 2019 • 5 min
Getting your warm-up right is a key element in producing your best performance in the dressage arena.
to Improve the Free Walk on a Long Rein
Aug 12, 2019 • 5 min
Make the most of your horse’s walk by learning how to ride the free walk correctly, and don’t forget to include it during your daily schooling sessions.
to Ride a 10-Meter Circle
Aug 11, 2019 • 6 min
How to ride a 10-meter circle that will impress the dressage judge and get you a good mark.
What Does It Take To Get To Grand Prix in Dressage?
Aug 10, 2019 • 6 min
The qualities needed in both horse and rider in order to reach Grand Prix in the sport of dressage.
to Rein Back
Aug 9, 2019 • 6 min
What is a correct rein back, and how do you teach your horse this movement?
About the Horse’s Canter Gait in Dressage
Aug 8, 2019 • 6 min
How do you recognize a good quality canter, what are the most common faults, and how do you correct them?
to Use Your Seat
Aug 7, 2019 • 5 min
How you can develop a good seat, and how you can use it in conjunction with the other aids.
About the Horse’s Trot Gait in Dressage
Aug 6, 2019 • 5 min
How the horse’s trot works and how the different facets of the gait are judged.
Judge’s Comments Commonly Found on Dressage Score Sheets
Aug 5, 2019 • 18 min
Here’s a glossary of commonly-used judges’ remarks to help you to get the most from your dressage tests.
to Leg-Yield
Jul 28, 2019 • 5 min
What are the benefits of leg-yield and how do you to teach your horse this exercise?
The Correct Riding Position for Dressage
Jul 28, 2019 • 4 min
This podcast looks at the dressage rider’s position and examines how it can influence the horse.
About The Horse’s Walk Gait in Dressage
Jul 28, 2019 • 6 min
What makes a correct walk, and how can you improve it?
Collection: The Scales of Training - Scale 6
Jul 27, 2019 • 5 min
Collection is the last of the training scales and is dependent on a fair degree of accomplishment of the earlier scales.
Straightness: The Scales of Training - Scale 5
Jul 27, 2019 • 6 min
Although straightness may not be a priority in the earlier stages, you need to start paying attention to it from the word go.
Impulsion: The Scales of Training - Scale 4
Jul 27, 2019 • 5 min
Impulsion is the fourth of the training scales and only becomes relevant and useful once the first three scales (rhythm, suppleness, and contact) are fairly secure.
Contact: The Scales of Training - Scale 3
Jul 27, 2019 • 4 min
Contact is the second of the training scales and is dependent on having a fair degree of rhythm and suppleness.
Suppleness: The Scales of Training - Scale 2
Jul 27, 2019 • 4 min
Suppleness is the second of the training scales and as such will always be one of the earliest focuses when training a young horse.
Rhythm: The Scales of Training - Scale 1
Jul 27, 2019 • 6 min
Rhythm is the first of the training scales. If your horse does not have rhythm, you have nothing to build upon and no way to progress.
What is the Point of Dressage?
Jul 26, 2019 • 5 min
What’s the aim of modern dressage and how do we create a living work of art?