Deciphering Dressage by Karen Leigh Davis

By Karen Leigh Davis

The definitive advisor to dressage--the paintings, technological know-how, and secrets and techniques of swish horsemanship for riders who are looking to exude average beauty within the saddle.

Dressage has been defined as "a attractive ballet on horseback." It embodies an innate grace, a likely easy circulate, and a straightforward concord among horse and rider.

Dressage elevates using from a activity to an paintings shape. one of many quickest starting to be equestrian activities in the USA, it appeals to aggressive riders in addition to those that easily are looking to increase their mounts and their talents. as the ideas of dressage surround the paintings and technological know-how of horsemanship and each element of the horse-rider courting, dressage education complements different equestrian disciplines. The routines and styles aid enhance the horse's total stability and athleticism and make the mount extra responsive. perfect for starting lovers or those who easily are looking to delight in the attractiveness and finesse of cla...

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This is known as the leading leg. In the right lead canter, the right foreleg and hind leg reach further forward. In left lead canter, it is the opposite. qxd 8/12/05 5:18 PM Page 43 The Discipline of Dressage in the figure on the previous page. In left canter, the left lateral pair lead in the same way. The Aids for the Canter To signal the horse to canter on the right lead, the rider presses his right leg strongly against the horse’s side at the girth, while simultaneously swinging his left leg back to touch the horse behind the girth and pushing forward with the seat.

Intermediate II, also an advanced stage of training, exists primarily to prepare the horse for the Grand Prix level. • Grand Prix is the highest level of competition. While the FEI regulates dressage competition worldwide, each country has its own national governing body—the aforementioned USEF being the NGB for the United States. The FEI designs the tests and sets standards for the higher levels of competition, while the USEF and USDF work together in this country to develop tests for the lower levels, closely following FEI directives and recommendations.

Equestrian Federation (USEF) Rule Book before entering the arena. Ignorance of the dressage competition rules can cost you points in a test or even get you disqualified. org. qxd 8/12/05 5:18 PM Page 33 The Discipline of Dressage SPURS Spurs add greater refinement to the leg aids and can make a dull, lazy horse more alert and attentive to them. However, spurs should be used only by the more advanced rider who has learned to control the position and use of his legs and seat. On the boots of a novice, whose legs may inadvertently grip or flop about at the wrong moment, spurs are abusive and likely to cause the horse to buck.

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