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In this updated episode, we take a look at suppleness within the dressage scales of training, why suppleness is important for dressage, how to tell if your horse lacks suppleness, and the four areas of suppleness.(Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'Suppleness: The Scales of Training - Scale 2' episode)-------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/the-scales-of-training/suppleness/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  -------------ADVERTISEMENTS
In this updated episode, we explore the reasons why rhythm is so important, what makes up a correct rhythm, and what causes an irregular or incorrect rhythm.(Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'Rhythm: The Scales of Training - Scale 1' episode) -------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/the-scales-of-training/rhythm/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  -------------ADVERTISEMENTSNo Need to Explain with the Mental Health MamasParenting is hard. When you have a child who doesn’t fit neatly into a box, it can be...Listen on: Apple Podcasts   Spotify
Flash nosebands are a dressage-legal piece of tack. They’re popular with many riders and, these days, most bridles come with a flash attachment. However, recently, social media has seen quite a lot of complaints about the use, or misuse, of the flash noseband.In this podcast episode, we take a look at flash nosebands to find out why the flash has such a bad reputation and how this commonly seen item of bridlework should be fitted and used correctly.-------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/horse-care/flash-noseband/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
Travers is a training exercise that is used to improve the horse’s lateral suppleness and longitudinal suppleness, as well as increase the engagement of the horse’s hindquarters.Travers is usually ridden in a straight line, but you can also ride the exercise around a circle for added benefits.Here’s how to do it!-------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-movements/travers-on-a-circle/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
“Harmony” is a term that is frequently used within the sport of dressage. It’s an elusive quality that is difficult to achieve and is often misunderstood.In this podcast episode, we discuss what harmony means within dressage, how it impacts your dressage test scores, and share a few tips to help you create harmony with your own horse.-------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-theory/create-harmony/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
On the surface, this sounds like a straightforward exercise. However, as with everything in dressage, nothing is ever as simple as it first seems.Changing the rein across the long diagonal can present quite a few challenges for the dressage rider.In this podcast episode, we take a look at what can go wrong, some of the common rider mistakes, and how you can ride this exercise for maximum marks in a dressage test.-------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-movements/change-rein-across-long-diagonal/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
Traditionally, the leg-yield is ridden on a straight line, usually from the centerline to the outside track. It can also be ridden from the outside track to the centerline, or from one side of the arena across to the other. During those exercises, the horse should remain straight in his body and only have a slight flexion at the poll away from the direction in which he is moving.But when leg-yielding in and out on a circle, the horse must have a uniform bend through his body (rather than remaining straight in his body) because he is on a circle. Here's how to do it! -------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-movements/leg-yield-on-a-circle/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
When negotiating a circle, turn, or corner, it’s not uncommon to see novice horses and riders leaning inwards around them.This is often given the nickname “motorbiking” because it looks the same as a motorbike turning.In this podcast episode, we’re going to explain why bikers lean, why horse riders shouldn’t lean, and what to do instead.-------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/troubleshooting/leaning-motorbiking/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
How NOT to Do Dressage

How NOT to Do Dressage

2022-05-0218:16

Incorrect training has filtered through the equestrian industry and has created a lot of confusion about what dressage is. The basic principles of the sport are not universally understood and it’s having a negative impact on the well-being of our horses.This article tries to bust a few of those myths and explain how NOT to do dressage!-------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-theory/how-not-to-do-dressage/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
During every schooling session, you are required to change the rein numerous times to ensure that your horse develops equally on both sides of his body.For some added training benefits, you can change the rein by using circles; either inside of a circle or out of a circle.Here's how to do it!-------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-movements/change-the-rein-using-circles/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
Leg-yield is a beneficial exercise that loosens the horse’s back and makes him more supple and elastic, adding expression to the gaits and helping the horse to relax mentally.Although leg-yield is most commonly ridden from the centerline to the outside track, for added variety you can ride leg-yield down the wall.Here’s how to do it!-------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-movements/leg-yield-down-the-wall/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
Some horses are purposely bread to have elevated and floating paces, but you can improve even the most ordinary of paces through correct, systematic training.In this podcast episode, we explain how to school your horse to give his paces more expression and how to maximize your horse’s full potential.-------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/the-horses-paces/improve-your-horses-paces/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
Although it’s not a required movement that’s included in dressage tests, the spiral exercise is an extremely useful and versatile training tool. In this podcast, we cover the benefits and variations of the spiral exercise for the dressage horse, as well as how to ride it.-------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-movements/spiral-exercises/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
You’re sure to get marked down in a dressage test if your horse is tense, right? Well, that depends on the kind of tension we’re talking about.Did you know that positive tension can go a long way to enhancing your performance in the dressage arena and can even improve your horse’s paces?Positive tension creates greater power and impulsion, giving the paces more cadence, expression, and spring, with the horse still remaining supple through his body.In this podcast episode, we talk about how positive tension can be a good thing for your dressage horse and how you can go about creating it.-------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-theory/positive-tension/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
You need your horse to be focused on you to have any chance of him performing dressage movements accurately and correctly. If your horse is not attentive, then you do not have the ability to train him, and instead, you are a mere passenger.So, how can you get your horse to be more attentive to your aids?Listen to this podcast to find out! -------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-theory/attentive-to-aids/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
Many dressage riders are not familiar with the term Diagonal Advanced Placement (DAP). However, DAP is viewed by some experts as the best single indicator of a horse’s aptitude and suitability for the highest levels of dressage.Listen to learn more about Diagonal Advanced Placement and how to identify it in your dressage horse.-----------------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/the-horses-paces/diagonal-advanced-placement-dap/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
The correct use of your outside rein influences the horse’s whole body and it’s essential for good dressage riding.If it is used incorrectly, or not at all, you’ll find it difficult to balance and steer the horse around a dressage arena, let alone perform a good test!So, what does the outside rein do, and how do you use it?That's what we're going to answer in today's podcast episode. -----------------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/for-the-rider/outside-rein/        To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
The initial centerline in each dressage test is the first chance that the judge has to assess you and your horse, so it’s important that you ride it well.Although the judge does not start marking until you have entered at “A”, how you go about entering the dressage arena will, to some extent, affect the quality of your centerline and the first impression you give.Here are some tips to help you enter the competition arena smoothly.-----------------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/competition/enter-dressage-competition-arena/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
Many novice riders assume that pulling their horse’s head in with the reins is all there is to creating an outline, but that’s not the case at all! In this podcast episode, we explain how to get your horse to work in a correct outline, and also we have a quick talk about the use of gadgets. -----------------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-theory/outline/       To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
Riding your horse “on and back” within the paces is a great way of improving the elasticity of the paces and developing better engagement and impulsion as well as preparing the horse for the medium and extended trot and canter.Here's how to ride it. -----------------------If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-theory/transitions-on-and-back-within-the-paces/        To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     If you would like to join our Facebook Group, click here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/howtodressagegroup/  
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