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By Karen L. Davis

The definitive consultant to dressage--the artwork, technological know-how, and secrets and techniques of swish horsemanship for riders who are looking to exude typical splendor within the saddleDressage has been defined as "a attractive ballet on horseback." It embodies an innate grace, a doubtless easy movement, and a straightforward concord among horse and rider.Dressage elevates using from a activity to an artwork shape. one of many quickest turning out to be equestrian activities in the US, it appeals to aggressive riders in addition to those that easily are looking to enhance their mounts and their abilities. as the ideas of dressage surround the artwork and technology of horsemanship and each point of the horse-rider dating, dressage education complements different equestrian disciplines. The routines and styles support increase the horse's total stability and athleticism and make the mount extra responsive. excellent for starting fanatics or those that easily are looking to delight in the splendor and finesse of classical driving, decoding Dressage unlocks the secrets and techniques of classical, precision using. It covers:* opting for and taking care of an appropriate dressage horse* procuring tack and using clothing* Sitting the pony properly and utilizing aids or refined signs to cue the pony* getting ready for competitions* using a dressage try* pageant and scoring* well-known indicates, education exhibits, ride-a-tests, and eventingComplete with over fifty images and drawings, in addition to step by step factors of routines and maneuvers, this advisor is helping riders grasp the fundamentals of this particularly not easy and profitable self-discipline.

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After all, the sitting trot looks much easier than posting, and the cowboys on their western horses make it look so relaxing. Certainly, sitting the trot is easier on some horses that have flat gaits with little hock action. But this is not the case at all on a bigmoving warmblood capable of nice impulsion from the hindquarters. That thrust from the rear end adds quite a bit of spring to the gait, which takes some getting used to for the rider who’s never sat a horse trained in dressage gaits before.

The piaffe is a cadenced, elevated passage in place, sometimes called trot on the spot. It is the most difficult form of the trot, requiring maximum collection and impulsion for a one-ton animal to move energetically in place without advancing forward, and look graceful and beautiful while doing it. qxd 8/12/05 5:18 PM Page 42 Deciphering Dressage THE CANTER Sometimes described as a slow gallop, the canter is a three-beat gait, in which three hoofbeats can be heard for each stride. As with the trot, dressage tests recognize the working canter, the collected canter, the medium canter, and the extended canter.

To my great relief (and amazement), he skidded to a halt on command and allowed me to rescue him from the remaining bees still clinging to his neck. That was the first time I truly appreciated the power of voice commands. I also was more careful about where I tied my horse the next time. Dressage Training Principles Horses aren’t born knowing what the aids mean. They have to be taught. When starting out a youngster, a trainer must use stronger, more exaggerated aids to elicit the desired response.

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