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post #51 of 54 Old 01-31-2011, 10:22 PM
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How about impulsion simply being the energy of the horse to move? So, whatever he does, the impulsion/energy has to be there for it to happen. If he doesn't have sufficient impulsion for something, then he doesn't. :)

Horse has the impulsion/energy to move in whatever way, walk, trot, etc., then collection can happen, which is putting the energy back onto haunches for whatever is directed of him next, collection causing him to be "handy"/maneuverable.

I think all agreed that suspension is the moment when all 4 hooves are off the ground, in trot/canter/gallop & buck. Just kiddin' on the last one.

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post #52 of 54 Old 01-31-2011, 11:33 PM
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In most cases, it doesn't matter. Most people never move up. Something like 92% of the dressage tests ridden in the US are at Intro and Training level, and at those levels, if you call the desire to go forward, 'impulsion', who cares. What difference does it make? None.
Just one other thing that really ticked me off: So 92% of tests are the lowest levels, so what? That doesn't mean that you don't teach the correct principles. Will a horse/rider combination display more advanced principles such as impulsion? No. But they should be aware of them and they should be willingly taught.

Not everyone aspires to GP, some of us learn basic dressage as a well schooled horse is simply a joy to ride, whether they can piaffe or not. Correct gaits are correct gaits.

All my horses have been really good at one thing when I first got them: Going really really fast in one direction around a big track, brakes optional. Yep, thoroughbred, probably a dirty word to dressage purists. So for me, getting to Training level is actually a huge accomplishment. My knowledge would probably only extend to third level at best and that would require coaching. Even if I was capable, my horses ability would prohibit us from the higher levels.

However, understanding more complicated levels and principles only strengthens the building blocks of your initial training IMO.

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Not everyone aspires to GP, some of us learn basic dressage as a well schooled horse is simply a joy to ride, whether they can piaffe or not. Correct gaits are correct gaits.

All my horses have been really good at one thing when I first got them: Going really really fast in one direction around a big track, brakes optional. Yep, thoroughbred, probably a dirty word to dressage purists. So for me, getting to Training level is actually a huge accomplishment. My knowledge would probably only extend to third level at best and that would require coaching. Even if I was capable, my horses ability would prohibit us from the higher levels.

However, understanding more complicated levels and principles only strengthens the building blocks of your initial training IMO.
Thank you, Sarah! I was about to post something like that too.

I don't think my horses will ever go pass intro level because of the confo, however I do dressage not to show, but to have them move correctly (and not on forehand with the head in air running forward). And many people taking lessons with my current instructor just for that purpose. The horse can move correctly even on intro level, you know...
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How 'bout this for a description, "Impulsion is harnessed energy." Sure a horse can walk forward just fine with his legs trailing out behind him, all strung out. Take that same horse, contain that walk energy by cycling it back through the his body via connection and you now have a walk with impulsion. With the first walk, I would be able to do squat. With that second walk, I could ask for trot or canter and get a balanced transition within a single stride. Just my 2 cents.

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