Dressage

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Experienced riders know that riding is risky business. Falls and other horse-related injuries are a real possibility, and even top riders cannot prevent all riding-related accidents.

How ride shoulder-in loop dressage, horse trainer Andrea Taylor, dressage exercises

Looking for an exercise to help develop your horse's uphill balance, self-carriage, and collected work? Olympic dressage rider and trainer Andrea Taylor suggests an exercise to improve these and other aspects of your horse's movement and training — the Shoulder-in Loop.

How to Prepare for Piaffe and Passage, Bonny Bonnello, dressage training pyramid apex, equine collection, equine lateral work, horse half-halt to decreased stride

With Bonny Bonnello - The apex of the dressage training pyramid, collection is of the utmost importance for a dressage horse when it comes to performing expressive flying changes, half-passes, piaffe, and passage. Collection can be described as the shortening of your horse’s frame – not just his neck, but his complete longitudinal frame – and transferring more weight onto the hindquarters. But this shortening should not affect the forward rhythm.

Belinda Trussell, out of the Saddle Exercises to Improve Your Riding Skills, horse riding exercises, correct rider position

In all disciplines, we want to be able to train our horses to move up the levels and perform different maneuvers for us. Without a supple body, a horse isn’t capable of that... and if you haven’t got a supple rider, then it’s not going to be possible to have a supple horse.

Does Hyperflexion Cause Stress Horse, Rollkur, Horse in Hyperflexion, cortisol levels horses, equine thermography, equine cortisol release, equine stress, equine superficial body temperature

By Kyla Pawlyshyn - There continues to be much debate about how stressful, if at all, hyperflexion (also called Rollkur), a training practice characterized by exaggerated flexion of the horse’s neck so that, in extreme cases, the horse’s chin touches his chest, is for the horse. The FEI defines hyperflexion as “flexion of the horse’s neck achieved through aggressive force,” and considers the practice to be “unacceptable.”

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“In a straight horse, the hind hoof steps into or over the track of the front hoof on the same side, whether on a straight line, circle, or curve,” says dressage trainer, coach, and FEI rider Sandra Verda-Zanatta. “The shoulders of the horse should be in line with his hips.

Jaimey Irwin, dressage rider, Tina Busse-Irwin, Stoney Lake Equestrian, Grand Prix dressage, Lindor’s Finest, horse trainer

Growing up in Lakefield, Ontario, Jaimey Irwin always knew he would ride and train horses professionally, settling on dressage as his discipline of choice at age 16. Today, at 35, he has become one of the most successful Grand Prix dressage riders representing Canada on the international stage. The highlight of Jaimey’s riding career to date occurred this past April at the 2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. Competing against the best dressage riders from around the world, Jaimey achieved an impressive 16th place finish riding Lindor’s Finest (Lindor), a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

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