The Facts About Head Injuries

Most riders know the importance of taking basic safety measures to prevent injury during our time in the saddle. We have been taught to wear our properly fitted helmets, carefully inspect the condition of all of our tack and vigilantly keep watch for

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The Psychology of Horse Shopping

To guide this experience, I think it is helpful to have a “decision template,” or a checklist that ensures we do not forget to consider the most important elements of any relationship—whether they involve purchases of horses or even romances between

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Safety: As Defined By An Equestrian

Safety: As Defined By An Equestrian

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How to Perform Under Pressure

Sports psychologist Jenny Susser, PhD, discusses physical, mental and emotional preparation so you can ride your best.

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How to Assess Proper Helmet Fit

Follow these guidelines to make sure your headgear provides you with maximum protection.

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How to Ride A Dressage Test... Mentally

How to Ride A Dressage Test... Mentally

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Rider Psychology: The Layers of Training

We have all heard it before: the onion analogy. As popular as the analogy is, its power stands the test of time and for good reason. Later on in the March issue, you’ll read more about it as Lisa Wilcox discusses the topic in her how-to training

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How to Ride Safely in Extreme Heat

One of the most unique and valuable equestrian experiences I ever had happened many years ago at summer camp. While riding in a group lesson in the outdoor ring, one of the other students simply...

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Learn the Crossfit Squat to Help You Ride Better

I’ve always felt that every rider should have a certain level of fitness—especially trainers or advanced riders. We work toward improving our horse’s fitness daily, so we should at least try to improve our own fitness. Yoga, Pilates and dance are a

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Riding Dressage After Injury

A New Jersey physician and horsewoman helps her patients return to riding after an injury.

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Transform Your Dressage Position

Few riders realize that the muscles of the horse and rider work as linked chains, forming lines of pull along various tracks within the body from head to foot. Bringing these kinetic chains to mind...

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Mind Wellness: A Balanced Journey for Dressage Riders

Sports psychologist Jenny Susser explains the importance of finding balance in your dressage journey.

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Rider Fitness Tip of the Month: Hips and Seat

Learn the importance of hip mobility for riders and how to keep your hips flexible for riding with this month's rider fitness tip. By Heather Sansom for Dressage Today...

Day 30: Exercise to Reduce Pain

One of the best results gained from improving your fitness is reduced back and hip pain. As the muscles surrounding your spine and hips get stronger, they support the...

Rider Fitness: Unmounted Show Warm-Up

Rebecca Ashton demonstrates unmounted show warm-up exercises.

Rider Fitness: Use of the Plank

DT's Fitness Columnist Rebecca Ashton takes you through plank progressions and explains why they're great for riding.

Rider Fitness Video: Improve Hip Mobility

Fitness expert Rebecca Ashton provides a series of exercises to improve a rider's hip mobility.

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