Dressage is, quite simply, training. It is developing the horse physically and mentally through the systematic training of the dressage training scale. Using basic dressage will improve balance, suppleness, and confidence in the horse so it will be more fully prepared for any western event the rider chooses.
As riders our goal is to develop a partnership with our horse through ground work and under saddle. Centered Riding can help the rider develop quiet aids. The ultimate goal is Harmony. Harmony is that effortless, fluid look we see when we see a horse and rider performing together flawlessly and in unison. The look should be easy and natural.
Dressage will help develop the horse’s body and gaits. Correct training will also help improve longevity and prevent injuries. Cross training is great for the dressage horse. Trail riding, obstacle training, jumping etc. all keep the horse looking forward to his work and helps to condition the body and mind of the horse.
THE DRESSAGE TRAINING SCALE
On the version of the dressage training scale below the rider’s seat and position makes up the largest part of the foundation. Our position affects the horse in everything we do. It is important to maintain correct position to enable the horse to perform at its best.
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It is not how the horse performs, but it is how the rider and horse perform together as one. - Unknown