Did You See this in Aug/Sept Show Horse Today? Western Dressage: More About the Sport

September 18th, 2013 4:39 PM | No Comments

Reprinted from August/September issue of Show Horse Today

By Lynn Palm

I find it exciting that dressage has become so widely accepted by all disciplines and breeds. At the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, I saw many breeds including Morgans, Saddlebreds, Arabians, and gaited horses, showing in a correct balance and collection. They were doing lead changes, extending and slowing in the gaits, and performing lateral movements in either Western or English saddles.

It was amazing and most of the time I had my mouth open with surprise and happiness. Cyril and I performed our clinician demonstration on “Dressage Principles” at the Games and explained how “riding well” will emphasize the willing and correct responses from the horse. I realized we were on the right track and now people truly understood that dressage is naturally training a horse and rider.

We now have horse owners telling us, “I have been taking Dressage lessons to improve my western riding,” and “Dressage has improved my horse and my riding so much, I never want to quit this type of riding!” We also have recreational/trail riders coming to us and wanting to learn Dressage to “ride well” for their horses. This is actually how we came up with our clinic name.

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