Archive for July, 2012

 What is Classical Dressage  Series # One

Classical Dressage presents a horse and rider in perfect harmony with ease and grace.  The question is how is this accomplished?  In order to have a quiet graceful connection with your horse you must first figure out how to handle the motion of the horse.  Riders will handle the motion in many different ways. You will see riders sending it up through the body to a bobbing head, others will send it wiggling through the spine, others will take it into the hip and flip the hip.  All of these methods of dealing with the motion of the horse will shed it at the end of its rippling journey through the body, but it doesn’t present a Classical picture of graceful balance.  In order to present a classical picture you need to shed the motion down the thigh and out the knee, or allow the motion of the horse to fall your thigh and drop out your knee.  Also your connection with your horses mouth must be soft, yet asking and giving.  Whatever aids you choose to use must be invisible.  Thus a horse and rider with a Classical Dressage appearance.

All horses are trained in Classical Dressage the Aspirant Way at Isaac Royal Farm.   Each rider, rides her horse with a classical seat of elegant balance.  This technique allows you to become one with your horse and ride through the levels of dressage with ease and grace.  It creates a talented rider that can feel what her horse needs.   Carolyn Rose has written a series of books that explain this Classical Training technique in detail.

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I am enjoying the summer training season.  Even though I am schooling my main horse, Victress, Prix St George, I start many young horses under saddle.  Carole says I”m very good at it since I have no fear and don’t care if I get a buck or a rear.  They actually come so rarely that when it happens it makes me laugh.  Carole says that’s why the horses don’t get upset because I think it’s fun.

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Fun times as always at Isaac Royal Farm!!  This afternoon we had Robin on Rory and I was riding the delightful Tonka, a Belgian Morgan.  Tonka is patient to new riders to a point and then he shows his mischievious spirit and wants to make sure that you are paying attention.  Today he galluped right past the bench and down the ramp toward the stalls…..Carole was yelling “Duck!!!” which I did and we turned right around and got back out there (gate closed this time!).  Tonka didn’t notice that I was wearing my “This girl don’t take no bull” t-shirt – aha!

Robin got some excellent training under he belt on her half pass and ended the day Two Steps Forward!!!! Little victories seem big and always celebrated in our little dressage community.  This day today in Maine is to die for – about 70 degrees and a light breeze blowing.  As I put Tonka out to pasture Sandy and BethAnne were working on their horses.  This is the life! Yeehaw.

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