CLASSICAL riding is based on relaxation, balance and suppleness and is therapeutic for the horse and rider. The horse is first worked in hand before being asked to carry a rider. He learns to balance, builds core strength, and creates elastic muscles. Classical training uses no artificial devices which keep the horse sound as they develop core strength before the hocks are stressed (M.Rose)
WESTERN riding is based on-relaxation, balance-and suppleness and is therapeutic for horse and rider. The horse is first worked in hand before being asked to carry a rider. He learns to balance, build core strength, and creates elastic muscles. Western training should use no artificial devices either as patience, repetition and a good foundation hold the key to success.
DRESSAGE - is a French Term referencing a level of advanced training.
Several years ago accomplished horsemen Jack Brainard and Eitan Beth Halachamy recognized how much the Western community would benefit from adapting the training methods and concepts used by good Classical educators. Neither Western Dressage nor Cowboy Dressage was designed to compete with Classical Dressage but to offer those wonderful training skills to enhance the athleticism of both the Western Horse and its rider. Dressage for the Western Horse was designed not only for the show ring but also for riders who just wish to enjoy their horse at home or on the trail with the knowledge that their horse will respond to the riders cues more easily because it has been taught how and what to do.
If you have questions about Western Dressage training or education you may feel free to
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