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About Amanda Steege
Growing up, Amanda Steege was never far from a horse with both of her parents working as trainers and instructors in the hunter/jumper industry. The family owned Red Acre Farm, in Stow, Massachusetts. As a Junior, Amanda campaigned her Small Junior H
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Finesse Your Flat Class
If you hang around horse shows long enough, you’ll hear this comment ringside: “You can’t beat that daisy-cutter. He’s going to win this flat class.” But the truth is you don’t always have to have the best mover to be competitive in the under-saddle
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Don’t Undermine the Trot
Trying too hard at the trot is a common mistake in hack classes. Sometimes you will see a rider ask the horse to lengthen the trot by using a heavy driving seat with an open hip angle. But the driving seat is counterproductive, as it can make the hor
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Horsemanship 1o1
Whether you compete or just ride for fun, you can raise your horsemanship to a higher level by learning more about your horse, your sport and yourself. Successful riding is all about creating the best possible partnership with your horse, both at hom
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High-Tech Solutions For Horse Owners
I’m always looking for new ways to serve my horses better. One software program I helped develop and love using is Stable Secretary. It’s a barn-management app that tracks all of the important records I describe in this article plus billing records f
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Modifying Muscle Patterns to Build A Better Athlete
The goal of changing a horse’s postural habits to help him move better often derails in the first few minutes of a ride. Why? In the horse’s body, different muscles serve different purposes, and often dressage riders fail to activate the right muscle
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Activate Your Horse’s Motor
Many instructors mention the need for “activity” in the horse’s hind end. What does that mean? How does one achieve it? I will explain what correct activity is and how the rider can use her aids to activate her horse’s motor. Demanding activity is on
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Build Your Ground Skills
Remarkable 54 and I won the freestyle class of the Retired Racehorse Project’s 2015 Thoroughbred Makeover (see below). I explained some of the training concepts I followed to accomplish that goal in Practical Horseman’s February 2015 issue. Here, I’l
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Finding Inspiration
I watch the trainers I admire and I reflect on why I respect them. Why am I drawn to them? Although technique is my starting point, it always has to do with something more than just technical skill, something deeper in the soul. It’s the same with ho
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New Designs And Fabrics For Show Coats
Q I’m just getting back into showing after a long hiatus. I’ve noticed there are many more options for show coats now besides my old traditional wool coat. What are some of the newer fabrics being used and what do they do? A You’re going to love the
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A Good Start
I would like to discuss how to bring a 3-year-old horse into work in a way that is suited to his nature—a slower, more considerate method based on classical principles. In Part One, I will outline the first month of work: introducing and practicing w
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Anja Beran’s Cavesson
I have developed my own special version of a cavesson with a metal noseband that is padded and covered with leather. It fits the horse well and gives me the opportunity to have a very focused and exact effect on his nose. Being able to give the aids
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What the Judge Sees
I wish I knew when I was competing what I now know as a judge. The judge’s perspective puts a whole new light on the way a rider presents her horse. Competitors often make the mistake of thinking that because they can do the “tricks” of the level, th
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Bigger Steps
Does your horse struggle with trot lengthenings? Does he quicken his tempo or break into canter instead of taking bigger steps? Not all horses are gifted with natural, balanced trot lengthenings. But every horse can learn to produce them, to a certai
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Nutrition Report: Amino Acids
Amino acids are a hot topic in today’s equine nutrition. They are the vital biological building blocks that link together in the horse’s body to create proteins, which form everything from muscle tissue to organ tissue as well as enzymes, hormones an
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Where Can I Learn More?
To learn more about how amino acids function in your horse’s body and how you can develop the most precise feeding program possible for him, check out these links: ■ National Research Council 2007 online nutrition calculator – ■ Th
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Helios C: The Right Start
Helios C, a 2006 Hessian gelding owned and bred by Dr. Jutta Chirita from Germany, was brought to Uta Gräf as a 3-year-old and has stayed with her ever since. In the meantime, Helios has won at M-level and has debuted at S-level, placing second. (Tes
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Ahlerich: A Decade at the Top
The Westfalian gelding Ahlerich was the most successful horse of the late Dr. Reiner Klimke. What’s more, the horse stayed at the top of his game for more than a decade. Dressage Today asked the legendary rider’s wife, Ruth, about the secrets behind
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Understand Stifle Stresses
The nature of dressage places unique stresses on the horse’s body. At the higher levels, the movements are precise and slowed down so there is less forward momentum than with, for example, a jumping horse. However, there is a tremendous amount of upw
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AGING GRACEFULLY Part 1: How To Keep Your Dressage Partner Happy And Healthy
Though it is indisputable that an older horse might have special needs and require extra attention, I strongly believe that the management of a sport horse requires the same basics no matter his age. Instead of taking a wait-and-see approach with an
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Measure Your Steps
To learn to walk lines accurately, use a measuring tape to mark a distance of 12 feet in your arena at home and teach yourself to cover 3 feet with each step so that you walk the measured distance in four steps—that’s one horse stride. When you walk
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Seek Quality Instruction
In eventing, many skills carry over from one phase to another, but to become truly competitive you must work with people who are good in each phase. If you don’t have the financial means or time to train with dressage and show-jumping instructors, ma
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Banish Imbalances In The Mouth
Does your horse ■ have trouble holding his head straight when ridden, ■ have difficulty bending to the left or right, ■ chew on the bit or excessively or turn his head when consuming grain, ■ eat slowly or drop a lot of hay out of his mouth when eati
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Erupting vs. Growing
In the world of equine dentistry, the term “erupting” is different than “growing.” By the time a horse is 2–4 years old, his teeth are at the maximum length, but they have a very long root. Throughout the horse’s lifetime, the teeth are constantly be
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The Role of An Equine Dentistry Professional
■ The person should always perform a thorough head and oral examination under sedation using an oral speculum to keep the mouth open, utilizing a light and oral mirror (or oral camera) to visualize the fine details within the oral cavity. ■ He or she
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About The Murphys
International eventer Sara Kozumplik Murphy rode in her first Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at age 20 on an off-the-track Thoroughbred named As You Like It. In 2009, she was named to the U.S. Eventing Team short list. In 2017 she and Rubens D’ysieux
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Sharpen Your Show-jumping Skills
Many American eventers readily admit that stadium jumping is their weakest phase. Yet today’s medal winners—from countries like France, Germany and Great Britain—all look like they could walk into a jumper ring and not appear out of place. Some top U
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Cold-Weather Nutrition for the Competitive Dressage Horse
As we head into changing weather conditions in the fall and then the occasionally harsh months of winter, some adjustments must be made to ensure your dressage horse stays healthy and comfortable. As cold weather approaches, there are some special co
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Find Your Fit
Adding cross-training to a dressage program is analogous to adding that special hint of spice to a recipe. Everyone is fascinated by its inclusion and curious as to why this particular ingredient changes the recipe’s intricacies, depth and structure.
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Flexibility Test Your
Gradually bend at your waist and dangle your fingertips toward your toes. Don’t force the stretch, but note areas of tension or asymmetry. Touching your toes for a second won’t increase your flexibility. This pose needs to be maintained for up to a m
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