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    09-24-2011, 05:33 PM
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Foal
How do you explain dressage to non-horsey people?

I think *crosses fingers* I'll be on the dressage team at my college this year. But every time I tell my non-horsey friends "I'm going to be on the dressage team," they say, "what's that?" So not like it's a big deal, but how would you explain dressage to someone who's never been on a horse before?
     
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    09-24-2011, 05:37 PM
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Green Broke
I just say it's making the horse dance... it the easiest way, haha.
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    09-24-2011, 05:53 PM
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Weanling
I tell people that it is sort of like horsey ballet.
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    09-24-2011, 06:20 PM
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Yearling
Horse ballet always seems like the simplest explanation. Although horse dancing works too, which is more appropriate if you're talking about freestyle dressage! :)
     
    09-24-2011, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jinxremoving    
Horse ballet always seems like the simplest explanation. Although horse dancing works too, which is more appropriate if you're talking about freestyle dressage! :)
Although when I ride by myself just for training I like to have the radio tuned to a music station and I find I can get really into my horse when something really nice comes up.
     
    09-24-2011, 07:18 PM
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Started
"Horsey figure skating" usually seems to get the point across, too!
     
    09-24-2011, 07:21 PM
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Trained
Non-horsy friend of mine said his girlfriend's horse did "triage", I was like "the horse is a 1st aid attendant???". We finally figured out it was dressage. He knew how to describe it, just didn't know what it was called, lol.
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    09-24-2011, 07:27 PM
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Showing
I usually describe it as movements to help the horse learn better balance.
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    09-24-2011, 08:05 PM
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While I love riding and training dressage, I tell my non horsey friends that watching dressage is kinda like watching cement setting up......
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    09-24-2011, 08:17 PM
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Yearling
I've described it as the horse dancing, with each step directed by the rider, in complete partnership, so smoothly done that it's invisible to the rest of us.
     

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