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post #1 of 21 Old 09-24-2011, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 21 Old 09-24-2011, 05:37 PM
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I just say it's making the horse dance... it the easiest way, haha.
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post #3 of 21 Old 09-24-2011, 05:53 PM
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I tell people that it is sort of like horsey ballet.
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post #4 of 21 Old 09-24-2011, 06:20 PM
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Horse ballet always seems like the simplest explanation. Although horse dancing works too, which is more appropriate if you're talking about freestyle dressage! :)
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post #5 of 21 Old 09-24-2011, 06:45 PM
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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.
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post #6 of 21 Old 09-24-2011, 07:18 PM
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"Horsey figure skating" usually seems to get the point across, too!

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post #7 of 21 Old 09-24-2011, 07:21 PM
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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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post #8 of 21 Old 09-24-2011, 07:27 PM
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I usually describe it as movements to help the horse learn better balance.
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post #9 of 21 Old 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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post #10 of 21 Old 09-24-2011, 08:17 PM
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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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