Teaching a horse to be balanced and carry his rider in a way that looks lovely is something I love to talk about! So this video may be a little bit longer than normal…
Dressage is one of those equestrian sports that is quite breathtaking at the upper levels. It is admired for showcasing movement, control, and harmony between horse and rider. Many of us do “dressage” without ever truly understanding what its all about. Or we ride another discipline, or “just go trail riding” without ever stopping and thinking about how the fundamentals of classical dressage could impact our horse and our riding.
Did you know that you can help keep your horse sound, make him stronger, and make him a better mover by understanding dressage basics? Click play below to see what I mean.
Roundness, balance, and self-carriage are so important for our horses. We have to teach them how to carry our weight correctly for our comfort and theirs. And wouldn't it be fun to be able to move your horse around simply by shifting your weight in the saddle?
If you are still new to riding, don't think this is too advanced for you – start by working on your own position – your equitation. And watch how horses are carrying themselves – do they have their head high, with their back hollow? Or do they look strong along their topline, with neck lowered and hind legs stepping underneath their belly? Develop an eye for these differences and then feel what your own horse is doing when you ride. Give me your thoughts on this topic in the comments below.