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Straight Talk with Leslie Reid

Straightness. It’s a key building block on the classical dressage training scale and, although the concept seems simple enough, straightness is something many riders struggle to achieve. The horse must be developed evenly on both sides of the body in order to achieve straightness, balance, and suppleness, yet most horses naturally have a weak or stiff side. Given the fact that most riders are stiffer or weaker on one side as well, it becomes easy to understand why straightness can be such a challenge. Leslie Reid of Langley, BC, is a grand prix rider who has represented Canada on some of the dressage world’s biggest stages, including the Pan American Games, the Olympics, and the World Cup Finals. A certified Level III dressage coach who operates Top Fox Equestrian Centre, Reid sees riders struggling with straightness at all levels of the sport. To begin with, riders must have a very…

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