Lightness and power.
There is a huge debate on the HGS forum about a video and riding technics where one poster refers to Legerete
What is it?
First a picture of the thoughts behind Legerete and here is a diagram to give you some insight.
Because someone already wrote up the contrasting systems ( French-Legerete (lightness) to the more common German-(power) I am going to just copy and paste for your perusal.
Like anything in dressage, every training method and every training day must be tailored to the horse individually. It is virtually impossible to employ an "entirely French" or "entirely German" system of training as each has elements which are very inter-related.
The thing that I think a lot of people get carried away with on the German scale is the rhythm. It does not mean we drive the horse forward to the point of rushing, but that he is balanced in a good, even tempo.
I am more of a fan of the German system because it is more of a teaching system and is easier to comprehend.
What I've always objected to about the German (and USDF) method is the pyramid itself, because it seemed one wasn't "allowed" to advance until such-and-such was perfect-- like rhythm. The well-bred Dressage Horse does not find that so difficult. But some horses do, and simply working on rhythm is dull. . . The "circle" approach seems to allow that rhythm will improve when relaxation improves, when balance improves, etc. More of a mish-mash, but I guess I think along those lines.
Just as there are many roads to Rome there are different methods that will work in dressage and because not all horses are built alike or even react the same a well rounded dressage enthusiast will learn the variations available.
I take some ideas from the French and some from the German and will apply variations of both depending on the circumstances.
The pyramid is not built correctly and that is the problem with dressage schooling. The foundation is wrong.
^^ Maybe you should let all the Dressage Masters know that their system is flawed.
Great thread Spyder! Great posts Spyder and Anabel!
Egads, the Masters are God Almighty
Knowledge is not stagnant, however, in dressage knowledge is from the OLD OLD Olden times................
This is the pyramid and it is not in the correct order.
Please Spirit - present us with what you do. I would love to see video's of you riding and doing Dressage how you think it should be done. What are your accomplishments in the Dressage world, to be such an authority on the subject?
Then why don't you write a book and tell everyone out there what they should be doing.
Arguing in a closed audience like a small forum won't get you far.
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