Connection & Stretching

George Williams
Teaching How to Develop a Steady Contact:

Catherine Haddad
Teaching proper contact and riding basics of young horse:

Adrienne Lyle
How To Fix Busy Hands:

Nicholas Fyffe
Straightness & Connection:

Nicholas Fyffe
Working on Reaching for the Bit:

Sally Amsterdamer
Stretching the Top Line to Develop Strength and Suppleness

Dr. Ulf Moller
Stretching For The Four Year Old:

Dr. Ulf Moller
Training the Three Year Old, Getting Contact and Bend:

Free Training Videos by Carl Hester

This post is a list of links to video’s, pdf’s, and blog posts that I thought were interesting. I found a site listing “What it takes to get to Grand Prix” by Carl Hester that I was really interested in watching, but unfortunately they only had the first two videos in the series. I’ve looked everywhere and can’t seem to find the rest.

Rider Fitness: PDF

Carl Hester – What it takes to get to Grand Prix (parts 3 through 10 aren’t working)
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Carl Hester – Training Session 2007
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Carl Hester – Training your Young Horse Part 1 through 10
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Paul Hayler – How to improve a horse’s outline, exercises and gymnastic work to build muscle and strength

Paul Hayler is an international dressage rider, a list two judge, and top dressage horse breeder. Paul advises Hayley on how to improve her horse’s outline and reveals exercises and gymnastic work that will help build muscle and strength – helping her get the best from her horse.

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Aids Explained: A series of audio files explaining the aids for different movements

Dressage Training Videos

Carl Hester – Clinic recap of his system of developing a dressage horse from 4 years of age and up.

An Evening with Carl Hester:
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Dressage Exercises

The Canter Oval

Etrak published this video on improving the carrying strength at the canter. The great thing about this exercise is that it’s highly adjustable to suit the horse. So if your horse is not very strong yet, you can keep the ends of the oval wider, but if the horse is strong enough then you can make the ends of the oval into V shapes to get more of a quarter pirouette.

Forward and Straight

I like this clip of Lilo fore from the 2012 Region 8 Adult clinic series. It highlights the need for forward energy in whatever gait you choose, and to carry the energy into/through the downward transitions. Something I have a bad habit of not doing.


Canter Spiral In/Out

This one is a familiar exercise to most of us, but this video has some good comments on why it’s a good exercise and how to ride it. It’s a fairly short clip.