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The definitive advisor to dressage--the artwork, technological know-how, and secrets and techniques of sleek horsemanship for riders who are looking to exude traditional splendor within the saddle.

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

Dressage elevates driving from a recreation to an paintings 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 talents. as the rules of dressage surround the paintings and technology of horsemanship and each point of the horse-rider courting, 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 fanatics or those that easily are looking to have fun with the beauty and finesse of cla...

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In collected trot, the horse moves with shorter steps, with neck raised and arched, and with hocks well engaged, pushing energetically from behind. Extended Trot Medium trot falls somewhere between working trot and extended trot, allowing moderate lengthening. A well-executed extended trot shows maximum lengthening, covering as much ground as possible, with forelegs and hind legs similar in their forward degree of extension. It is often executed across the arena on the diagonal line (see the figure on the next page) and is always a crowd pleaser when performed by a horse blessed with spectacular gaits.

But generally speaking, small, tightening actions of the buttocks and lower back muscles increase pressure on the seat bones by tilting the pelvis slightly backward. This is sometimes called bracing the back. The horse, being sensitive enough to feel this through layers of saddle leather, reacts to the pressure change by activating his hind legs more. The abdominal muscles work in concert with the back muscles to help stabilize and support the pelvis and spine. qxd 8/12/05 5:18 PM Page 31 The Discipline of Dressage Depending on the muscles and combination of aids used, increasing pressure on the seat bones is effective for driving the horse forward into extensions.

In dressage, the rider learns to apply and coordinate the aids with a high degree of precision and sensitivity, making the aids seem nearly invisible to onlookers. Although truly working hard in the saddle, the best dressage riders make the sport look effortless, as if the horse is doing all the work, and the rider is astride merely to enjoy the ride. This quiet, balanced coordination of the aids is a skill that takes good coaching and countless hours in the saddle to perfect. Although the aids may be simple in principle, their correct application is an intricate interplay of precise timing and body control.

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