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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 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     

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    FREE DOWNLOAD: 7 Simple Steps to Boost Your Dressage Scores
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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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    • 27 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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    • 25 min
    How (And Why) To Ride Shoulder-in

    How (And Why) To Ride Shoulder-in

    Shoulder-in is a lateral movement that requires you to bring your horse's shoulders to the inside while bending him uniformly through his body. 

    Since it is the first movement that requires riders to displace their horses' shoulders, it's often ridden incorrectly by those first attempting it.

    So, in this podcast episode, we will look at exactly what shoulder-in is, the purpose of this movement, the aids you need to apply, and how to ride shoulder-in correctly. 
    (Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'How to Ride Shoulder-in' 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-shoulder-in/

    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 Choose the Right Dressage Trainer for You 

    How to Choose the Right Dressage Trainer for You 

    Dressage is a skillful sport, and no matter how good you get, you will always want to get better. Even the top dressage riders in the world have regular sessions with their trainer(s) because there is always room for improvement. 

    With that in mind, it’s vital that you carefully consider the dressage trainer that you will work with over the long term because they will significantly impact your progress and success. 

    So, in this podcast episode, we will look at the role of a dressage trainer, what level of trainer you should have, how often you need to have lessons, and five steps you can follow to sourcing and selecting a dressage trainer. 
     
    (Please note: This is an updated and expanded version of our previous 'What to Look for When Selecting a Dressage Trainer' episode)

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

    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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    All variations are available on Amazon - https://amzn.to/3GG2jTT For more information, click here to see our Facebook post. 

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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52 Ratings

52 Ratings

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Clear and simple

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

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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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helpful tips

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

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