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Improving Your Dressage Scores – Part 2

Improving Your Dressage Scores – Part 2

You leave the arena on a long rein at A and to say you feel a little disheartened is putting things mildly… Dressage can be difficult, there’s no doubt about it, however what tends to stack the odds even more so against a good dressage score is the fact that many riders see it as ‘boring’; a means to an…

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Teaching Your Horse to Rein Back

Teaching Your Horse to Rein Back

. Have you ever found yourself out on the trail needing to reverse?  Or even in the arena, knowing that your horse reversing in a calm, quiet fashion would be a really useful achievement in that particular moment? You ask him to go back.  However, rather than the smooth, no-fuss reverse you were imagining, it rather feels like you left…

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Improving Your Dressage Scores

Improving Your Dressage Scores

You halt, salute, and exit the arena from your latest dressage test. Your best ‘free walk on a long rein’.  Now, your thoughts turn to your scores; how well your dressage test went…  That one circle may have looked a little more on the triangular side… But, on the plus side, you aced the canter leads each time and you’re…

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Become Crystal Clear on Counter Canter

Become Crystal Clear on Counter Canter

You have finally managed to truly be able to dictate what lead your horse strikes off with, each time, in the canter.  The shouts of ‘Wrong Leg’ following you around the arena are a thing of the past… However, now everything you have learned is being turned a little on its head when you realize that sometimes, you can indeed…

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Riding a Clean Flying Change

Riding a Clean Flying Change

Think back to the last time you were cantering along on your horse and a change of rein was coming up.  You began the task of preparing to drop back a gear into a trot to change the canter lead.  “Better than losing rhythm and balance through a flying change…”  However before you even got there, your horse (being the…

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