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Horse Articles :: Dressage Level I
Dressage Level 1
Dressage Training Scale explained:
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Rhythm: Dressage can be called the ballet of the horse
world. Dressage rhythm is achieved by mental and physical
relaxation. When we humans are relaxed we are able to do our
work more comfortably. Same is the case with horses. The horse
is able to enter the world of the natural rhythm of the four
natural gaits, which are: walk, trot, canter and the rein-back.
Lets simplify it further down:
1. Walk: 4-beat movement
2. Trot: 2-beat movement
3. Canter: 3-beat movement
4. Rein-back: 2-beat movement
Like in music, a good rhythm is pleasure to our ears, same
way good rhythm movement is winning ticket to dressage competitions.
So what exactly is a good rhythm?
* Good rhythm is when the horse's canter is really a 3-beat
Note: Don't let your horse get lazy. Give him a daily dose
of dressage level training based on the training scale.
Suppleness: A jammed body is the worst fate for a dressage.
Like every athlete a dressage needs a particular degree of
flexibility. So what is sppleness? Suppleness is the amount
of flexibility and looseness of the dressage horse's body.
Do-it-yourself guide on how to turn your average horse into
an athlete star and its all free. Find out more: Training
Level Dressage: The Training Scale Explained I