Expert Advice Flatwork


We have put together some great articles on flatwork from our magazine for you to access straight from our website.

Eventing from the ground up

Especially in the winter, many riders are guilty of schooling solely on a surface, but if your horse doesn’t get to continue practising over less consistent footing, then he’ll struggle to transition back to grass dressage and showjumping rings when the eventing season begin Read Article

Get the perfect position

Riding through winter doesn’t need to be a chore. Dan Greenwood explains how to make the most of winter training to prepare yourself and your horse for the competition season ahead Read Article

Thirty-minute flatwork exercises

Sometimes planning and executing an effective schooling session can feel like a mission. To help you out, H&R has six great thirty-minute schooling plans to suit any horse Read Article

Creating a supple horse

Supple up your horse in no time with easy lateral work exercises from dressage rider Lucy Cartwright Read Article

Flawless flatwork: Getting started

Need impulsion, straightness, a good contact and a relaxed horse? Here's how... Read Article

How to ride an Elementary dressage test

Set you and your horse a challenge this year, and prepare to ride an Elementary dressage test. You can do it, says dressage judge Judy Harvey - here's how! Read Article

The right response

Follow Tina Sederholm’s tips for getting a lazy horse listening and going forward Read Article

Extended play

Medium and extended trot both have to be mastered if you want to go up the levels in dressage. And it's easier than you think, says Richard Davison Read Article

Improve your horses paces, get connected

Lorraine Jennings explains some simple exercises to improve your horses paces, keep his interest, and help him to work through his back. Read Article

Shoulder-fore with Richard Davison

Riding shoulder-fore will help you master medium and extended trot, says Richard Davison Read Article

Tips from Carl Hester

Elite dressage rider Carl Hester’s 35 top tips on everything dressage – from finding the right horse, to training and stable management techniques! Read Article

Extended canter with Richard Davison

Extended canter can help you build a great medium and extended trot, says Richard Davison Read Article

Correct Riding Techniques

Follow Tina Sederholm’s tips for getting a lazy horse listening and going forward. Read Article

Trot poles with Richard Davison

Trot poles can help you build a blockbuster medium and extended trot, says Richard Davison Read Article

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Natasha Baker

Paralympic dressage star Natasha Baker is as hungry as ever for success, working hard to keep the medals rolling in... Read Article

Stephen Clarke’s position pointers

Dressage trainer and FEI judge Stephen Clarke has five top tips for achieving the perfect riding position Read Article

Flying changes with Carl Hester and Richard Davison

British Olympic dressage stars Carl Hester and Richard Davison have some brilliant advice for training a horse for dressage, including how to ride leg yield and flying changes. Read Article

Training youngsters with Lucinda Fredericks

In the March issue of Horse&Rider, top eventer Lucinda Fredericks shares some top tips for working with inexperienced or schoolmaster types. Lucinda’s top horse – Headley Britannia – became famous for winning Badminton and Burghley, and here Lucinda explains how she trained Headley Briannia’s children! Read Article

Get your horse going forward, with Michael Peace

Want to get your horse sharper off your leg? Watch Michael Peace demonstrating some simple exercises that'll give him more oomph! Read Article

Use the scales of training for better flatwork

Hannah Esberger-Hancock shows how you can use the scales of training to produce your best flatwork yet Read Article

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