Lessons, clinics and training are now offered locally: Western Dressage is a new riding style that blends the movements of classical dressage with the comfort and traditions of Western riding. It is taking the time-tested techniques that have been used in dressage for hundreds of years and applying them to the Western performance horse. The core dressage movements serve as the foundation for a training method that can benefit riders of all styles, from trail riders and drill teams to barrel racers and ropers. It is making better horses by using the best of both philosophies — from the dressage side and the Western side. Western Dressage focuses on developing a calm relationship between the horse and rider.Riders are taking notice. Western dressage is something we’re finding that everyone can get involved with. One of the neat things about it is you come in at the level you’re already at. The discipline is open to all equines. You don’t need a registered horse to do this. If you have a horse in your backyard, and it has four legs and hooves, it’s welcome in Western dressage.
Western Dressage is trained and shown in specific levels which build on each other and which reflect the development of the skills and abilities of both the horse and rider. The tests ridden in shows are used as a measure of the correctness of the horse’s (and rider’s) schooling. The collective marks are based on:
Gaits: the freedom and regularity of the horse’s movement
Impulsion: the horse’s desire to move forward, elasticity of steps, roundness
Submission: the horse’s attention and confidence, harmony with rider, lightness of movements, and acceptance of the bit
Rider’s position and seat: correctness and effect of the aids
For more information on clinics, lessons or training Contact 864-838-6608 or check out the website and look for the link for WDAA at www.canaanfarms.net