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

    How to Stop Your Horse From Falling Out

    How to Stop Your Horse From Falling Out

    A common problem when riding circles or schooling in an unfenced field or paddock is ‘falling out.’

    Although this fault is more commonly experienced with younger novice horses (because they lack balance), it can occur with any horse at any age and is often caused by the rider not using their aids correctly. 

    So, in this podcast episode, we will cover what falling out is, the problems caused by falling out, the reasons why your horse falls out, and how you can stop it from happening. 
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    If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here -
    https://howtodressage.com/troubleshooting/falling-out/

    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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    • 22 min
    How to Know When to Move up to the Next Level in Dressage

    How to Know When to Move up to the Next Level in Dressage

    Through correct and systematic training, you and your horse should naturally progress up through the dressage levels. 
    Like most riders, you’re probably keen to advance, but it’s important that you don’t rush your partnership and enter a competition at a level beyond your current capabilities. 
    So, how do you gauge when it’s time to move your horse up to the next level in competition?
    In this podcast episode, we’re going to look at the problems of progressing too quickly and too slowly, give you five steps to deciding if you and your horse are ready for the next level, and finish with five extra tips on competing at the next level up. 

    (Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'How to Know When to Move up to the Next Level in Dressage' episode.)
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    If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here -
    https://howtodressage.com/dressage-theory/move-up-next-dressage-level/

    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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    • 14 min
    How to Ride Your Horse on the Bit

    How to Ride Your Horse on the Bit

    The term 'on the bit' is often wrongly simplified to a horse that has its head tucked in with a rounded neck, i.e., as long as the horse does not have its nose poking out and isn't looking at the stars, then it's 'on the bit.' This is incorrect.

    'On the bit' is about much more than your horse's head position.

    So, in this podcast episode, we will clarify what 'on the bit' is, why you want your horse 'on the bit,' and how to put your horse 'on the bit.'

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    If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here -
    https://howtodressage.com/dressage-theory/ride-horse-on-the-bit/

    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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    • 17 min
    How to (And Why) Ride a Good Circle/Volte

    How to (And Why) Ride a Good Circle/Volte

    Circles are one of the first bending movements that a young horse will learn. They’re also one of the first movements you will ride on a horse that is not fully warmed up.

    Every dressage test throughout the levels asks you to perform circles of various sizes. And out of all of the dressage movements, a circle is a figure that you will ride more than any other.

    And yet, the humble circle is one of the most difficult movements for horse and rider to get right.

    So, in this podcast episode, we will look at the benefits of circles, what makes a good circle, how to ride a good circle, and some of the common mistakes that are made.

    (Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'How to Ride a Good Circle' episode.)

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

    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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    • 26 min
    How to Improve Your Horse’s Balance

    How to Improve Your Horse’s Balance

    "Balance" is a term that is frequently used by riders, trainers, and dressage judges. It applies to all riders and all horses at all levels, and it's essential not only for your dressage competition success but also for your horse's physical well-being.

    So, in this podcast episode, we look at what balance is, the reasons why balance is necessary, what causes a loss of balance, how to test your horse's balance, and what exercises you can ride to help improve your horse's balance.

    (Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'How to Improve Your Horse's Balance' and '3 Exercises to Improve Your Horse's Suppleness and Balance' episodes.)

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    If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here -
    https://howtodressage.com/troubleshooting/improve-balance-exercises/

    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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    • 26 min
    How (And Why) To Bend Your Horse Correctly

    How (And Why) To Bend Your Horse Correctly

    How many times have you had the remark, “Could have more bend,” on your dressage test sheet? 

    A lack of supple bend is a common fault that judges will mark down because bending is crucial to your horse’s progression in the dressage scales of training. 

    Without the ability to bend your horse correctly, you will not be able to ride accurate circles, turns, or corners, or position your horse for lateral movements. 

    So, in this podcast episode, we’re going to look at why you need to bend your horse, what defines a correct bend, the impact of poll flexion on your horse’s ability to bend, how your horse creates the illusion of bending, and the aids you need to apply to bend your horse correctly. 
    (Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'How to Get Your Horse to Bend' episode.)

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    If you would rather read the article on our blog, click here -
    https://howtodressage.com/dressage-theory/how-to-get-your-horse-to-bend/

    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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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

evia😵‍💫🤓🤠💅 ,

great job

you voice is so calming i love it. i think all the stuff you say really is just relate able

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!

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