So I've been riding English my entire life, but I have never tried dressage. I was wondering, how do cues for dressage work when horses do those really fancy things like the suspended hoof trot and the trotting out in front and cantering in place? Haha I know these aren't technical terms, I don't know what the real terms are haha. But like how do you cue a horse to do that? Is it like tug tug tap or something or does the horse just know what comes next? I've always wondered I am sorry if this is confusing, I don't really understand it so I don't know how to ask.
Without the basics in place you can give all the aids (cues) you want and nothing will happen.
Dressage is not about the fancy footwork but the systematic training the horse to use itself better and prepare the horse for the higher levels....some never make it for it puts demands on the horse that some can never achieve.
I just wanted to know what the cues were, like how the horse knows when to do which kind of trot once they are all trained and stuff. It was just something I was wondering. I was just watching the Edward Gal videos and I couldn't see how he was telling the horse when to switch gaits. I was just curious.
It's all about subtle movements of the body. Like spyder and anabel said it's not trick riding, you can't tug on a the left rein and kick with your right foot and get a horse to do a movement. You have to build up to it.
But when both horse and rider are capable of doing those movements, the aids are generally rein pressure, seat position, and leg cues along with various others. No horse is ever the same, so there really is not "set" way to ask. Of course we all learn the same way but we have to adjust things according to the horse. It's not something you can explain, it's a long learning process with hundreds of vital steps. Miss a step and you won't understand the next.