Motivational Dressage Riders!
Training Your Horse – an insight from Nuno Oliveira
Dressage is often likened to a dance between horse and rider. I started thinking about the way a top ballroom dancing couple grace the stage. The man is in the lead, but we don’t see this. He doesn’t haul the lady around the stage and she doesn’t snarl or grind her teeth at him. He is leading but she is with him, willingly, enthusiastically, and if she falls behind he is balanced and stable enough to help her regain the rhythm without losing the flow of the dance.
In dressage, the rider has to lead the horse, otherwise you would end up over by the carrot stack or, in a stallion’s case, frolicking around the paddock of young mares.
However, dressage master Nuno Oliveira used to advise that riders must not play the masters all the time, but learn to what extent they must intervene.
A great dance partner leads his partner, but he also allows the female half to stand on her own. Only when we allow our horse the room to move without constant use of aids, can we see what is there that needs attention. If a man holds the lady up, he will not know where she needs help and as with every pair her strengths are his strengths, her weaknesses his weaknesses… article from eurodressage.com
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