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post #1 of 4 Old 08-07-2009, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Cool what is dressage???????????

well i have just been wondering what exacaly dressage is and all of the rules and stuff hardly of my friends do it , i want to no because i just got a new horse he tb and he 15.3 hh and he has only raced and he does not no how to do anything so i am planning on teaching him dressage that i swhy i want to no a little bit more about it.
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-07-2009, 07:38 PM
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Dressage is riding effectively and teaching your horse to use itself correctly.

Someone will give you a better explanation but even though I'm a barrel racer, I can safely say I think that dressage is the foundation of all good riding.
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Dressage is essentially French for training. Every time you ride, you do dressage, at least informally, no matter what saddle you use or discipline you ride.

Formal dressage is more technical. As Spastic Dove said, it's all about you and the horse working in harmony. The horse responds instantly to mere suggestions from the rider, calmly and without resistance (or tack that masks or "fixes" the resistance). For this degree of harmony, horse and rider both need to be in correct form, using themselves efficiently and correctly. In competition, judging consists of several movements individually scored, the higher the level, the more difficult the maneuvers.

Some dressage work would be highly beneficial for you and your horse. It really is the foundation for about everything else. Once you have basic control, you can easily implement basic dressage maneuvers into your flatwork.

A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown
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Dressage is "training" - a literal translation.

I believe dressage is a very good base to have on any horse no matter what discipline you want to "specialize" in. To me, dressage is universal. It doesn't matter if you're in a western saddle or english, or even in a saddle at all; dressage is training yourself and the horse to use your bodies properly and in harmony.
Think of it as posture training; right now at your computer are you sitting squarely on your seat? Are your shoulders rolled back, is your spine in alignment? Are your feet planted on the ground squarely? Is your pelvis rotated to "neutral"?
When you walk, are you aware of your body?
When you pick up a heavy box, are you using your body properly?
Same with a horse; they need to learn how to use their bodies properly, especially when carrying you around!

Think of it like Ballet; not everyone needs or wants to compete in Ballet, but it's nice to know the basics of how to stand properly, how to move properly, how to balance, and stretch and really become aware of your entire body and how you are - or aren't - using it well everyday.
Even football players sometimes train in Ballet to improve their game.

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