Classical dressage training offers the horse and rider a path to physical development as well as harmonious bond and easeful communication. The rider must work tirelessly to learn the real and psychological state of his mount, understanding that no single training approach meets the needs of all horses. While historical training traditions can provide a general framework, each horse must be understood and developed individually. Adherence to classical principles recognizes that the exercises of dressage are not viewed as end goals in themselves but are instead tools to be used appropriately for the larger journey of bringing a horse to his highest level of well-being and expression.
A classical dressage rider concentrates on the horse’s long-term progress, never allowing shortcuts to replace time-tested biomechanical principles. It is essential for the rider to always seek harmony and lightness with her horse, rather than training in a mechanized fashion or for the end goal of competition. For herself, the classical dressage rider must constantly cultivate a calm focused mind state and a fit body over which she has gained balance and control.
If the rider has not received proper training or is in subpar physical condition, then he or she is unable to successfully carry him or herself upon a horse. This is a valuable principle to note in classical dressage training. In classical dressage training, the rider’s posture and musculature should be properly developed alongside the horse’s in order to make it possible for the isolated usage of different parts of the body.
Classical Dressage Training Resources
Jec’s wildly popular 101 Dressage Exercises smartphone is now available through the iTunes store. This mobile app delivers 101 fun, useful, and goal-accomplishing Classical Dressage exercises right to your palm.