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

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By Karen L. Davis

The definitive advisor to dressage--the artwork, technology, and secrets and techniques of sleek horsemanship for riders who are looking to exude usual beauty within the saddleDressage has been defined as "a appealing ballet on horseback." It embodies an innate grace, a probably easy circulate, and a simple concord among horse and rider.Dressage elevates using from a game to an paintings shape. one of many quickest transforming into equestrian activities in the USA, it appeals to aggressive riders in addition to those that easily are looking to enhance their mounts and their talents. as the rules of dressage surround the paintings and technology of horsemanship and each point of the horse-rider dating, dressage education complements different equestrian disciplines. The workouts and styles support increase the horse's total stability and athleticism and make the mount extra responsive. perfect for starting fans or those who easily are looking to have fun with the splendor and finesse of classical using, interpreting Dressage unlocks the secrets and techniques of classical, precision using. It covers:* settling on and taking good care of an appropriate dressage horse* paying for tack and using clothing* Sitting the pony competently and utilizing aids or sophisticated signs to cue the pony* getting ready for competitions* driving a dressage try* festival 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 consultant is helping riders grasp the fundamentals of this enormously challenging and profitable self-discipline.

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In the simple change, the rider brings the horse down to a few steps of walk, then restarts the canter on the opposite lead with no trot steps in between. qxd 8/12/05 5:18 PM Page 44 Deciphering Dressage Flying and Tempi Changes The more difficult flying changes occur “in the air,” in conjunction with that moment of suspension before the next canter stride commences. Flying changes are executed at the canter whenever a change of direction is required. The rider must learn to feel the right moment within the stride to signal the horse for the change and coordinate his aids precisely.

Difficult to describe in words, the quality of lightness is that sense of being “one” with your horse, as if all you need to do is think the next movement and the horse reads your thoughts and responds accordingly. It is the epitome of harmonious communication between two species, a prize to strive for during every ride, and an exhilarating, natural high like no other. For many of us, the pursuit of lightness is what fuels our addiction for the sport and art of dressage. Overview of the Gaits A gait is a manner of moving on foot.

Keeping in mind that all dressage tests are periodically revised, there are currently two tests, designed by the USDF, at this level: • Introductory Level Test A: Includes working trot rising, medium walk, twenty-meter circles at the trot, free walk, and halt through the walk. • Introductory Level Test B: Similar in content to Test A with the addition of a change of rein at the trot. A change of rein is a change of direction accomplished in this case by crossing the arena on the diagonal line from the corner letter F through X at the center to the opposite corner letter H.

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