What is dressage?
Well, put simply, dressage literally means “training” in French.
The equestrian discipline of dressage involves the development of a harmonious bond between horse and rider that allows them to communicate through a series of coordinated rider aids, resulting in a seamless, ballet-like dance.
To the onlooker, the aids should be almost invisible so that the horse appears to be performing on his own, with the rider merely an elegant passenger.
In dressage competitions, each rider performs a series of predetermined movements in a measured arena in front of a qualified, experienced judge. Marks are awarded for each movement, and the rider with the highest score at the end of the competition is the winner.
For the majority of leisure riders, dressage is a hobby that should be fun!
Here at How To Dressage, it’s our mission to help our readers to train their horses correctly, boost their dressage scores, and win their next dressage competition.
Here on the How To Dressage website, you’ll find hundreds of articles, all aimed at helping you to improve your understanding of dressage and to develop and hone your riding skills.
It’s our aim to work with riders who are just starting out on their dressage journey by providing straightforward articles that anyone can understand, even complete beginners.
All the articles on our site are written by experienced, qualified British Dressage judges who share with you exactly what the judge wants to see at every level of dressage test.
Our article categories include:
- The Scales of Training
- Dressage Theory
- For The Rider
- Dressage Movements
- Dressage Competition
- The Horse’s Gaits
- Dressage Troubleshooting
- Horse Care
- Interviews with Grand Prix Riders
And the educational content we provide for you doesn’t stop there!
Of course, without the foundations in place, you cannot hope to progress and succeed in this demanding, addictive sport. So, we have created a range of expert dressage books and training diaries that are aimed at helping you to develop your dressage skills along the correct lines.
All our books are available on Amazon with free delivery for Amazon Prime members. So, you can make your purchase in confidence with one of the world’s largest online retailers.
Check out some of the books in our current range below.
If you loved reading our interesting and informative articles, you’ll love our podcasts!
With our podcasts, you can listen to our whole range of much-loved articles while you’re mucking out, hacking around the countryside, or even on your journey to the yard.
You can catch all our podcasts free on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Alexa, Google Play, and more.
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Here, you can ask questions, get help from other dressage enthusiasts, and make new friends with people from around the world who have a common interest. Everyone in our online community is enthusiastic, supportive, and encouraging; so why not join now?!
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Dressage is a fun and rewarding equestrian discipline, but it can be confusing and frustrating for the novice and beginner.
We aim to take away the stress and provide education for all our readers in a friendly, straightforward manner through our professionally written articles and books, and in a supportive community of likeminded friends.
We’re not here to criticize those who get it wrong! Making mistakes is all part of the learning process. The sport of dressage is challenging and there is no quick and easy route to success.
It’s our aim to make your dressage journey successful and, above all, enjoyable!
We hope to see you on our website again 🙂
How To Dressage xx