• Dressage tips

    Flexion, bend and straightness

    Flexion and bend are sometimes mixed up and I often see riders trying to achieve flexion and bend the wrong way.Flexion and bend are good gymnastic exercises, and help to put your horse in balance and to straighten him. Also in lateral movements and for example collection you them. Flexion and bend [...]

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    Tempo, how forward you need to ride?

    Which tempo is a good training tempo? Yes, of course you need to ride forward, this is nothing new to you. But how forward? And how does that translate in walk, trot and canter?Collection is certainly one of the things you would like to achieve with your horse, but if you only ride forward, how do [...]

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    Leg-yielding, but somewhat different

    Leg-yielding is an exercise in elementary tests. Because it is not asked at higher levels, riders tend to practice leg-yield less often in the training. But leg-yielding is such a nice exercise!  Especially when you add some variations in it. In this article you will learn how to use [...]

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    How to ride a great shoulder-in

    Have you ever read "insufficient bending" on your test and score sheet for the shoulder-in? Your horse’s forelegs may be displaced to the inside and its head may bend, but your horse doesn’t bend enough from poll to tail. The problem is that your horse is actually not performing the [...]

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    How is your horse learning?

    You are your horse’s personal trainer. You become entitled to it as soon as you acquire a horse or become his rider. Maybe you have already a lot of experience in training horses. By this I mean that you are already acquainted with the basic training up to at least the medium level. Or maybe [...]

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    Thoroughness, connection and/or on the bit, how to achieve it?

    Yes you read it right, I'm going to make an attempt to write an article about throughness, connection and ‘on the bit’. I know it’s an obvious topic. But it is also a topic filled with a lot of different truths. I will explain mine, because to me it seems to be the simplest [...]

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