Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
Honestly, I don't see it as a 'dressage' pyramid so much as a 'training' pyramid.
No matter what you're doing with your horse, the basics are the same.
As for connection vs contact, I love the way they describe it in 'The Simplicity of Dressage' (written before the Power and Paint photo fiasco). It's not simply contact with the mouth, but the horse accepting total contact with the legs, seat and being ridden up to the hands.
As for straightness, in my personal (and VERY humble opinion), I see straightness being further up than the training scale puts it. I mean, if your horse isn't straight, they can't truly be supple. They also can't be completely on the contact, as there is some evasion somewhere (unless they are being ridden crooked, in which case the rider needs to be longe lined pronto).
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