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    02-21-2012, 04:40 AM
Red face Dressage Bow

At the end of lower level dressage tests Iv noticed that the horse and ride nod their heads. How do you train a horse to do this?
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    02-21-2012, 05:38 AM
Hi there and welcome to the forum!

In a dressage test, it is only the rider that 'saltues' the judge- not bow ;) This is normally with your left arm and hand held out and a bow with the head.

The horse, however, is round on the contact which is where you may be thinking the horse bows- the horses head and neck position should stay rounded for the entire dressage test as this shows correct position and that the horse is working correctly too.

A horse that actually bows, with one leg extended and another folded underneath itself is taught with 'trick training' and isn't a recongnised move in the dressage arena.

If you have any more questions, please ask! And I hope I've covered this enough for you!
    02-21-2012, 07:39 AM
Ahem to Duffy! Horse has to stand nice and still and in correct contact to score well :P
    02-21-2012, 07:44 AM
Originally Posted by Jadzia    
At the end of lower level dressage tests Iv noticed that the horse and ride nod their heads.
Noooooooo ....... please tell me this isn't true!

A dressage test at any level requires a good square halt with no movement with the horse standing quietly not tossing or moving the head and whilst the rider bows to the judge
    02-21-2012, 07:50 AM
BAHA sorry tess. Where are my thoughts??

I'm a bad person.


I'm going to go curl up in my corner now with my dunce hat on lol!
    02-21-2012, 03:46 PM
Woops not ahem lol! Amen hehe :) Sorry my bad! Far out do not type under sleep deprivation -.- :P
    02-21-2012, 03:54 PM
The rider and the horse bow and salute and thank the judge, and sometimes they kiss her hand.
    02-21-2012, 04:00 PM
Tiny do you have sleep deprivation too o.0 haha

And Tess ohmy that whole post looks different with 'ahem' or 'amen' LOL!! That's alright ;D
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    02-21-2012, 04:03 PM
No, just generally deprived. Or is that depraved.
    02-21-2012, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
The rider and the horse bow and salute and thank the judge, and sometimes they kiss her hand.
Maybe in your fantasy world.....

Goal is a perfectly square halt and then rider than extends their arm and gives a slight head nod to the judge.

In reality, square halt, extend the arm and if the horse is about to move, skip the head nod and get going like you planned to do that. A tip given to me by my trainer since I have an ancy lil 5yr old that I will be showing.

My trainer prefers that one exit by going towards the judge then turning to leave since the judges around here will often stop the rider and offer some comments or ask questions. She fully expects that the judges will inquire as the breed of my horse since absolutely nobody can figure out what he is (registered Morgan that looks and moves completely different than the usual Morgan).
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