Deciphering Dressage (Howell Equestrian Library) by Karen L. Davis

By Karen L. Davis

The definitive consultant to dressage--the paintings, technological know-how, and secrets and techniques of sleek horsemanship for riders who are looking to exude usual splendor within the saddleDressage has been defined as "a attractive ballet on horseback." It embodies an innate grace, a possible easy movement, and a straightforward concord among horse and rider.Dressage elevates using from a recreation to an artwork shape. one of many quickest transforming into equestrian activities in the US, it appeals to aggressive riders in addition to those that easily are looking to increase their mounts and their talents. as the rules of dressage surround the artwork and technological know-how of horsemanship and each point of the horse-rider courting, dressage education complements different equestrian disciplines. The workouts and styles aid increase the horse's total stability and athleticism and make the mount extra responsive. excellent for starting fans or those that easily are looking to delight in the splendor and finesse of classical driving, interpreting Dressage unlocks the secrets and techniques of classical, precision driving. It covers:* making a choice on and taking care of an appropriate dressage horse* procuring tack and driving clothing* Sitting the pony safely and utilizing aids or refined signs to cue the pony* getting ready for competitions* driving a dressage try* festival and scoring* famous indicates, education indicates, ride-a-tests, and eventingComplete with over fifty photos and drawings, in addition to step by step causes of workouts and maneuvers, this consultant is helping riders grasp the fundamentals of this really challenging and lucrative self-discipline.

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Training Level Test 3: Builds on Tests 1 and 2, adding half-circles and the stretch circle at the trot. The twentymeter stretch circle allows the horse to stretch his neck forward and downward. The rider must continue to keep the horse moving forward without any change in the rhythm of the pace, even as he shortens the reins and takes the horse back. • Training Level 4: Builds on the previous tests, adding the one loop, in which the rider trots off the rail from the corner, tracks across the diagonal, changes direction and bend at X (see the figure on the next page), and moves back toward the rail on the diagonal.

The rider is said to be posting on the right diagonal if he rises slightly out of the saddle as the right front leg or shoulder comes forward. Then, as the left foreleg comes forward, the rider sits softly back in the saddle, without bouncing Similarly, if the rider rises with the left front leg or shoulder coming forward, he is said to be posting on the left diagonal. To an onlooker, posting looks like the rider is simply bouncing up and down in the saddle in rhythm with each diagonal stride. The correct motion is soft and controlled and involves tilting the pelvis forward from the hip joints, then settling back in the saddle.

To an onlooker, posting looks like the rider is simply bouncing up and down in the saddle in rhythm with each diagonal stride. The correct motion is soft and controlled and involves tilting the pelvis forward from the hip joints, then settling back in the saddle. Many beginning riders mistakenly rise at the trot by pushing up with the thigh muscles or knees, or pushing off from the stirrups. Either of these inhibits their ability to apply effective leg aids at this gait and makes the exercise much harder work than it needs to be.

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