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    08-21-2010, 07:24 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Question Dressage terms?

So I have starting out riding dressage, but my riding instructor had this thing that she would call things different things?

Like whenever I was on the wrong lead when trotting she would just say "Sit two" or "Down down up" I don't blame her for making things simple especially for a begginer.

I was just wondering if you very knowledgeable people could explain to me dressage moves?
     
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    08-21-2010, 09:06 PM
  #2
Trained
Umm that is a rather broad question... What terms does your trainer use? If you are not certain what she means, I would ask her.
     
    08-22-2010, 01:13 AM
  #3
Banned
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Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald    
Like whenever I was on the wrong lead when trotting she would just say "Sit two" or "Down down up" I don't blame her for making things simple especially for a begginer.
There are no leads in trot.

It sounds like she feels you were posting on the wrong diagonal which has nothing to do with any equine leg leads. All she wanted is for you to sit one extra stride so your next rise up would occur on the other diagonal stride the horse makes.
     
    08-22-2010, 12:17 PM
  #4
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald    
Like whenever I was on the wrong lead when trotting she would just say "Sit two" or "Down down up" I don't blame her for making things simple especially for a begginer.

I was just wondering if you very knowledgeable people could explain to me dressage moves?
It actually has nothing to do with dressage. And Spyder already explained. :) It's kinda funny though, because in my experience the instructors just said "wrong diagonal" or something like that. Yours sounds like she give you instruction on how to fix it.

BTW, I really recommend you to try to ride with your eyes closed and concentrate on the horse movement to feel where each leg is. Get a helper so he/she could tell if you are right or wrong guessing where the leg goes. It's lots of fun too.
     
    08-22-2010, 12:19 PM
  #5
Foal
Def sounds like you were on the wrong diagonal
     
    08-22-2010, 03:32 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Yeah lol I didn't know what you would say for trotting? I know what to do when it happens, I was just asking if anyone knew the names of certain dressage moves? I always recognize the moves but never knew the right term used.
     
    08-22-2010, 05:11 PM
  #7
Showing
That's a very broad question. There's flying changes, simple lead changes, changes of diagonals, piaffes, passages, pirouettes, half-passes, sitting trots, extended trots, counter-canters, cross-canters.....to describe each of these and the aids to ask for all of them, and how to regocnize them, on a public forum would be pretty long and complex.....but here's a simplified version with a few terms and videos:

Flying lead change: When the horse's leading front leg in the canter is changed, and the back legs change in accordance with the front, while maintaining a canter and not breaking into a trot between changes:
Simple lead change: When the horse's leading front leg in the canter is changed, and the back legs change in accordance with the front, but the horse is brought to a trot in between lead changes for simplicity.

Piaffe: A trot in place--here's one in hand:
Passage: a slow-motion trot. The horse should have a moment of pure suspension before taking the next stride....done correctly, it looks like the horse freezes frame for a moment. This is a good passage:
Pirouette: a spin done at the canter (starts at 0:11/0:12 here):
Half-pass: A trot diagonally, where the horse trots sideways, but forward at the same time, across the arena: (sorry that's not a very good video)

Sitting trot: When the rider sits the trot instead of posting:
Extended trot: When the horse's trot is extended so the legs have a maximum reach and the horse seems airborne much of the time:
Collected canter: A very collected form of the canter, the opposite of an extended gait:
Hand-Gallop: A controlled gallop:
Counter-cantering: Cantering purposefully on the wrong lead:
Cross-cantering: Cantering with the front legs on the left lead but the back legs still in the motions they would be doing if the front legs were on the right lead, and vice-versa
     
    08-23-2010, 03:49 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Wow! Thanks for all the info and videos!
     
    08-29-2010, 07:30 PM
  #9
Green Broke
I just say this thread after reading a dressae article.... I coudnt resist.
Some of the most used dressage phrases are:
-doitagaindoitagain (what instructors say after we do something badly)
-GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD! (when we do something really well!)
And the msot dreaded.....
-one more time. (it usually means 'we are going to do this a hundred times over until you get it right, even if it takes the rest of the day')
Lol :)
     
    08-29-2010, 11:53 PM
  #10
Trained
Lol Ridergirl!
     

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