How to Increase the “Crossing of Legs” ⋆ How To Dressage

How to Increase the “Crossing of Legs” ⋆ How To Dressage

From British Dressage Elementary level and upward, most dressage tests contain a range of lateral movements, such as leg-yield, half-pass, shoulder-in, and travers. In the directive column on your dressage scoresheet, you’ll see the phrase “crossing of legs” alongside some lateral exercises, namely leg-yield and trot half-pass. If the judge underlines that phrase, you’ll need […]

How to Ride a Good Upwards Transition ⋆ How To Dressage

How to Ride a Good Upwards Transition ⋆ How To Dressage

What’s the movement that is demanded more than any other in dressage tests at every level? Circles? Although that’s what many riders assume. It’s actually transitions that are the most frequently ridden exercise in dressage tests. So, transitions should also form the backbone of your home arena schooling too! Transitions are also crucial for developing […]

How to Correct a Four-Beat Canter ⋆ How To Dressage

How to Correct a Four-Beat Canter ⋆ How To Dressage

Have you ever seen the judge’s comment, “four-beat” on one of your score sheets when referring to the canter? If you have, what does that mean? In this article, we answer that question. We also explain why the canter sometimes becomes four-beat and show you what you can do to correct the problem. What is […]

How to Activate Your Horse’s Hind Legs ⋆ How To Dressage

How to Activate Your Horse’s Hind Legs ⋆ How To Dressage

When you read the comment, “Needs more activity” on your dressage sheet, what does that mean? Why is an active hind leg important in dressage, and how can you achieve that? In this guide, we tell you everything you need to know about activating your horse’s hind legs! Activity versus speed First of all, it’s […]

How to Ride Working Canter ⋆ How To Dressage

How to Ride Working Canter ⋆ How To Dressage

When you begin riding dressage tests from British Dressage Preliminary level onwards, you will be asked to show “working canter.” For most young horses and those changing disciplines, for example, ex-racers, canter is the most difficult gait to master. In this article, you can learn everything you need to know about how to ride a […]

How to Position Your Horse for Lateral Movements ⋆ How To Dressage

How to Position Your Horse for Lateral Movements ⋆ How To Dressage

Once you reach British Dressage Elementary level dressage, the exercises become more challenging, and many of the tests include lateral movements. Take a look at your dressage scoresheet, and you’ll notice the word “positioning” appearing in the directive column alongside the lateral exercises. So, what does that mean when the judge underlines “positioning” on your […]

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How to Ride Working Trot ⋆ How To Dressage

How to Ride Working Trot ⋆ How To Dressage

Working trot is included in all dressage tests from the very basic Training and Introductory levels right through to First or Elementary level. You will also mostly ride the working variant of the trot when schooling your horse in your home arena. In this guide, we show you how to ride working trot to maximize […]