Dualactivation makes classic dressage exercises more concrete and visible for horses and riders, especially with a horse breed like Fjords who seem to see the sense in turning "right at that point" and not four steps further. It is a great way for horses to learn the rider's aids by providing visual reinforcement. Most of the exercises used in Dualactivation have been used for hundreds of years in horse training and are still successful today.
All of the exercises involve quick changes of directions, curves and straight lines. With that combination the horse learns to carry more of its weight on the inside hind leg. The outside hind leg needs to bring the forward impulsion. In this way, the horse learns to make itself "straight in a curve", instead of falling over its shoulder. Furthermore, the horse learns to coordinate the front and hind legs better and can physically react better to the rider's aids, because it can now more effectively balance both itself and the rider. With this improved and more highly developed balance, the horse saves a lot of energy. This also helps the horse by providing more muscular stability and therefore less stress on its joints, something that can lead to both a better quality of life for the horse and a longer period of usefulness as an equine partner.
Classic dressage exercises