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Dressage — good for our horses? [H&H VIP]

Scientific studies are helping us understand what dressage horses are capable of and how the demands of training and performance impact upon their health. Rachel Murray MRCVS looks at the evidence for guest editor Carl Hester

Guest editor Carl Hester says: “As dressage trainers we use all kinds of phrases to describe what we want to see horses doing with their bodies. We ask them to ‘lift the back’, ‘bend through the ribcage’ and so on.