The best articles on dressage principles and concepts

Dressage is for every rider! I sometimes hear people say ‘I don’t like dressage, jumping is much more fun!’, and yes I tend to agree when it comes to competition. But, if you want to jump well, then you need to work on dressage, so that you can get from one jump to the next in the best possible way. If you want your horse to last, and to avoid soundness problems and soreness, then you need to help him develop the ability to work in the best possible way and carry himself correctly. If you want your horse to enjoy his job and to be able to perform his work more easily then you need to work on dressage.

Here are some links to some of the best articles i have recently found online. I will gradually add more.

Using cones to define the corners and circles
https://www.thedigitalhorse.com/2015/01/09/cornervscircle2/

Bending
http://dressagedifferent.com/2013/09/22/the-bending-horse-and-rider/

Helping the stiff horse to bend
http://www.janesavoie.com/help-stiff-horse-bend/

Teaching the horse to bend
http://www.ponybox.com/news_details.php?title=Teach-a-Horse-to-Bend&id=1140

Engaging the horses back – video
http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=I8cOq7YWXys

How do you know your horse is using his back? Article
http://horselistening.com/2012/07/10/how-do-you-know-your-horse-is-using-his-back/

Improving the trot
http://horselistening.com/2013/04/14/can-you-recognize-the-sewing-machine-trot/

Riding on the bit – video
From Evention TV, these guys are great. They have some fantastic informative videos that are presented in an entertaining, and often humorous way. I would encourage you to have a look at a few of their videos.

Evention Tv Season 2: Episode 7 from Dominic Schramm on Vimeo.

How to get your horse more on the bit.

http://www.eventiontv.com

Produced by Schramm Equestrian and Right Start Photography

What does ‘on the bit’ really mean? Article
http://www.horsecollaborative.com/on-the-bit-really-mean/

Balance and head position
http://www.deserthorseinc.com/headset.html

Self carriage article
http://www.aebc.com.au/articles/25/

Is your horse benefitting from your riding? Article
http://horselistening.com/2013/09/07/20-signs-that-your-horse-benefits-from-your-riding/

Impulsion
http://horselistening.com/2013/08/01/impulsion-how-two-easy-strides-of-energy-might-solve-your-horse-riding-problem/

Add a link to your favourite articles in the comments.

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