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I have seen that thread, bsms, and it is a great thread but how do know when your horse is supple. And how do you get or ask for impulsion?
 

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If you are serious about dressage, then I can't help. If you want a feel for some of it...

I've got this book. I think it explains things OK, but I can't say as it changed anything in how I approach riding:

Jane Savoie's Dressage 101: The Ultimate Source of Dressage Basics in a Language You Can Understand: Jane Savoie: 9781570764806: Amazon.com: Books


This is a well liked book by most...not really to my taste, but it might give you some ideas:

Amazon.com: Centered Riding (A Trafalgar Square Farm Book) (9780312127343): Sally Swift, Jean MacFarland, Mike Noble, Edward E. Emerson: Books


For free, I suggest browsing the Internet here:

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Can you tell me all of the stages of training to reach collection?
Thank you!
Rhythm is your first step. On the flat to start. Even strides the same length on the straight and on a turn. At the walk and at the trot.

As your horse becomes more rhythmic he will likely start to lower his head and reach down for the bit stretching his top line and reaching further under with his hind feet with each stride.

As he becomes both rhythmic AND supple you can begin to initiate contact by pushing the horse forward and picking up the reins. At first you may only get a few strides but as the horse learns to move forward into your hands while maintaining rhythm and suppleness he will be able to do more.

This is the beginning of contact.. and the start of collection. At this point you will decide what you are training for... because this is your foundation.
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Also know that this is not a 30-day training event. Getting the top line strengthened can take as much as a year depending on your horse and your riding schedule.
 

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Great question Cant Biya Love and great advise Elana.
 
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