"dRESSAGE IS THE ART OF teaching the horse to carry you. Riding is the art of learning to be a good load to carry." Richard Weiss
Dressage and Riding Lessons
What is Dressage
Dressage is a French term meaning “training”. Its purpose is to develop the horse’s natural athletic ability and willingness to work making him calm, supple and attentive to his rider. Dressage dates back to Xenophon in Greece and include a long line of riding masters, both from the military and the famous riding schools which developed during the Baroque era. Success in dressage is dependent on the rider’s position and ability but because of the goal of the training, many horse breeds can be quite successful.
I have added some videos below to help visualize what Dressage looks like. The first is the Spanish Riding School. You will see how dressage started as a military necessity and evolved into an elegant harmonious partnership. However some of the movements you see performed are not part of modern Dressage. The second video shows a more present day approach to the sport.
Is Dressage for you? What to expect.
Do you enjoy challenge? Are you self motivated? Do you like solving complex puzzles? Would you like to learn how to develop a "language" with your horse? If your answer is Yes to any of these questions then you will probably enjoy dressage. For me, the fun of dressage is the daily challenge to perfect myself and my horse through constant fine tuning of suppleness and feel. Even though there are many "levels" of dressage there is no limit to what the rider and horse are capable of learning and achieving. Dressage requires utmost dedication to perfection. Dressage is not just for show, even if perfection is never reached by "show standards" all horse and rider combinations can benefit from learning these skills.
Expect to be challenged, ready for work, ready to learn. Have a positive attitude even when things get tough, learn from mistakes, leave better than you arrived, and know that Rome wasn't built in a day! :)
$45.00 per hour - on site $65.00 per hour - off site *If traveling more than 10 miles price will increase
Please Note: * All riders must be at least 9 years old. * Lesson horses and beginner slots are very limited. * Beginners will only be taken on assessment basis regardless of age.