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We are an information podcast breaking down the How To's of dressage. All of our episodes are put together by British Dressage judges to help you train your horse correctly, get higher scores and win your next dressage competition.

We are an information podcast breaking down the How To's of dressage. All of our episodes are put together by British Dressage judges to help you train your horse correctly, get higher scores and win your next dressage competition.

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United Kingdom

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We are an information podcast breaking down the How To's of dressage. All of our episodes are put together by British Dressage judges to help you train your horse correctly, get higher scores and win your next dressage competition.

Language:

English


Episodes

How to Change the Rein Across the Long Diagonal

5/23/2022
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...

Duration:00:21:36

How to Leg-Yield in and Out on a Circle

5/16/2022
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...

Duration:00:20:50

How to Stop Your Horse From Leaning (Motorbiking)

5/9/2022
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...

Duration:00:16:33

How NOT to Do Dressage

5/2/2022
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...

Duration:00:18:16

How to Change the Rein Using a Circle

4/25/2022
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...

Duration:00:19:28

How to Ride Leg-Yield Down the Wall

4/18/2022
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...

Duration:00:15:23

How to Improve Your Horse’s Paces

4/11/2022
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...

Duration:00:14:04

How to Ride Spiral Exercises

4/4/2022
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 -...

Duration:00:15:36

How to Create Positive Tension in the Dressage Horse

3/28/2022
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...

Duration:00:16:21

How to Keep Your Horse Attentive to Your Aids

3/21/2022
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...

Duration:00:10:24

How to Identify Diagonal Advanced Placement (DAP)

3/14/2022
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 -...

Duration:00:12:25

How to Use Your Outside Rein

3/7/2022
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 -...

Duration:00:11:21

How to Enter a Dressage Competition Arena

2/28/2022
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...

Duration:00:09:11

How to Get Your Horse into an Outline

2/21/2022
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,...

Duration:00:11:24

How to Ride Transitions “On and Back” Within the Paces

2/14/2022
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...

Duration:00:10:46

How to Ride Shoulder-in on a Circle

2/7/2022
Although shoulder-in is more commonly ridden down the long side of the arena, some horses can actually find it easier to be introduced to shoulder-in on a circle. This is because the horse is already bent around the rider’s inside leg. Here's how to do it. ----------------------- If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-movements/shoulder-in-on-a-circle/ To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here -...

Duration:00:09:13

How to Use Hills in Dressage Training

1/31/2022
If you live in an area where it’s quite hilly, you can use hacking out around those hills to your advantage when training your horse. Riding up and down hills can be a very useful way of getting your dressage horse stronger and fitter whilst also keeping the impact low. ----------------------- If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-theory/hillwork-training/ To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here...

Duration:00:11:04

A Very Different Episode

1/24/2022
Away from the articles on our website, we wanted to discuss with you three dressage topics. 1. The best exercise for improving X 2. The horse is "on the forehand" is not the horse's fault 3. Judges identify symptoms, not causes ----------------------- 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/

Duration:00:22:49

How to Ride Flying Changes in Sequence (Tempi Changes)

1/17/2022
The term “tempi changes” refers to the exercise where a sequence of flying changes of canter lead are put together. In the most advanced dressage tests, flying changes are performed at every fourth, third, second, or at every canter stride. They look as though the horse is skipping along in canter as he changes from one canter lead to another, usually on the diagonal or down the centerline. ----------------------- If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here -...

Duration:00:21:09

How to Improve Your Core for Dressage

1/10/2022
Every movement of the horse is received by the rider’s pelvis, therefore, having a strong and supple core is very beneficial, especially to dressage riders. In this podcast episode, we explain how you can improve it. ----------------------- If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/for-the-rider/improve-your-core/ To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633 If you would like to join...

Duration:00:09:58