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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.

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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.

    How to Establish the Correct Rein Length for Dressage

    How to Establish the Correct Rein Length for Dressage

    Being able to offer your horse the correct rein length is essential if you are to be successful as a dressage rider.
    To offer the horse a pleasant contact, your hands must be carried correctly, and it, therefore, follows that your reins must be the correct length.
    So, in this podcast episode, we’re going to cover what makes a correct contact, what happens when your reins are too long or too short, how to establish the correct rein length, and when to change your rein length.


    (Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'How Long Should Your Reins Be?' episode)

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    If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/for-the-rider/how-long-should-your-reins-be/

    To take our Big Dressage Quiz, click here - https://howtodressage.com/big-dressage-quiz/

    To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     

    To check out The Complete Online Dressage Course, click here - https://course.howtodressage.com

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    FREE DOWNLOAD: 7 Simple Steps to Boost Your Dressage Scores
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    • 29 min
    How to Ride and Improve Your Horse’s Canter

    How to Ride and Improve Your Horse’s Canter

    The canter is probably the trickiest gait for a young horse to master in the confines of the dressage arena, as the engagement and balance are still being established.
    However, it’s in the competitive dressage rider’s best interest to focus on the quality of this gait since so many test movements are based on the canter, such as canter pirouettes, tempi changes, half-passes and zig-zags.
    So, in this in-depth podcast episode, we take a look at what makes a correct canter, how to ride the canter, and how you can improve it.
    (Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'About the Horse’s Canter Gait in Dressage' episode)

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    If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/the-horses-paces/horses-canter-gait-dressage/

    To take our Big Dressage Quiz, click here - https://howtodressage.com/big-dressage-quiz/

    To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     

    To check out The Complete Online Dressage Course, click here - https://course.howtodressage.com

    If you would like to follow our Facebook Page, click here - https://www.facebook.com/HowToDressage/

    FREE DOWNLOAD: 7 Simple Steps to Boost Your Dressage Scores
    https://howtodressage.com/7-simple-steps/

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    • 37 min
    How to Train and Ride the Rein-Back

    How to Train and Ride the Rein-Back

    Rein-back is an exercise that is often problematic for riders, yet it’s a very useful one to teach your horse, especially if you encounter gates to open whilst hacking out!
    Before attempting to teach your horse to rein-back, it’s important that you understand what you are aiming to achieve, especially if you intend to ride the exercise in a dressage test; it’s a tricky exercise that can be a real mark-loser when not ridden well.
    So, in this podcast episode, we’re going to cover the benefits of rein-back, the qualities of a correct rein-back, how to teach the rein-back, and how to ride and aid the rein-back. 
    (Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'How to Rein-Back' episode)

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    If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-movements/how-to-rein-back/

    To take our Big Dressage Quiz, click here - https://howtodressage.com/big-dressage-quiz/

    To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     

    To check out The Complete Online Dressage Course, click here - https://course.howtodressage.com

    If you would like to follow our Facebook Page, click here - https://www.facebook.com/HowToDressage/

    FREE DOWNLOAD: 7 Simple Steps to Boost Your Dressage Scores
    https://howtodressage.com/7-simple-steps/

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    • 20 min
    How to Use Your Seat and Weight Aids for Dressage

    How to Use Your Seat and Weight Aids for Dressage

    When discussing the aids, many people think solely of their hands and legs when, arguably, the most important aid is your seat because the biggest avenue of communication between you and your horse is through your bum to your horse’s back.
    That being said, your seat is one of the most difficult aids to master, it’s also (in our opinion) one of the more difficult aids to explain and teach since so much of a good seat depends on the rider having a good level of feel.
    So, in this podcast episode, we’ve done our best to explain all the different things your seat can do, how to develop a good seat, and how to use your seat and weight aids correctly.
    (Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'How to Use Your Seat' episode)

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    If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/for-the-rider/how-to-use-your-seat/

    To take our Big Dressage Quiz, click here - https://howtodressage.com/big-dressage-quiz/

    To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     

    To check out The Complete Online Dressage Course, click here - https://course.howtodressage.com

    If you would like to follow our Facebook Page, click here - https://www.facebook.com/HowToDressage/

    FREE DOWNLOAD: 7 Simple Steps to Boost Your Dressage Scores
    https://howtodressage.com/7-simple-steps/

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    • 35 min
    How to Get to Grand Prix in Dressage

    How to Get to Grand Prix in Dressage

    As the highest level a horse and rider can reach in the competitive sport of dressage, Grand Prix is the ultimate goal of many.
    Although a standard dressage test is less than 10-minutes, there are a lot of factors that go into making a winning combination that can successfully climb the dressage levels.
    Within this podcast episode, we take a look at the individual requirements of both horse and rider, the journey to Grand Prix, and the additional resources that are needed to help you get there.
    (Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'What Does It Take To Get To Grand Prix in Dressage?' episode)

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    If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/dressage-theory/take-get-grand-prix-dressage/

    To take our Big Dressage Quiz, click here - https://howtodressage.com/big-dressage-quiz/

    To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     

    To check out The Complete Online Dressage Course, click here - https://course.howtodressage.com

    If you would like to follow our Facebook Page, click here - https://www.facebook.com/HowToDressage/

    FREE DOWNLOAD: 7 Simple Steps to Boost Your Dressage Scores
    https://howtodressage.com/7-simple-steps/

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    • 23 min
    How to Ride and Improve Your Horse’s Trot

    How to Ride and Improve Your Horse’s Trot

    As ‘the middle pace’ between the walk and the canter, the trot is the pace most people get stuck in riding endlessly around the arena.
    Sadly, not only does this do very little to improve the pace and the horse’s overall way of going, but it also encourages the horse to switch off, drop behind the leg, and become inattentive to the rider’s aids.
    So, in this in-depth podcast episode, we take a look at what makes a correct trot, how to ride the trot, and how you can improve this pace.
    (Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'About the Horse's Trot Gait' episode)

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    If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here - https://howtodressage.com/the-horses-paces/horses-trot-gait-dressage/

    To take out Big Dressage Quiz, click here - https://howtodressage.com/big-dressage-quiz/

    To view our equestrian books and training diaries on Amazon, click here - https://amzn.to/2SFL633     

    To check out The Complete Online Dressage Course, click here - https://course.howtodressage.com

    If you would like to follow our Facebook Page, click here - https://www.facebook.com/HowToDressage/

    FREE DOWNLOAD: 7 Simple Steps to Boost Your Dressage Scores
    https://howtodressage.com/7-simple-steps/

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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Kekleblahsat123456 ,

Clear and simple

I love this podcast. I listen before I ride and often use the simple lessons to improve my riding.

Irishjig8 ,

Just what I needed!

I love these “mini lessons”! So easy to understand and I love to hear the exercises broken down step by step. Really good stuff - thank you!

Leahanne33 ,

helpful tips

I have learned SO much from this show that will improve my dressage riding. Thank you!

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