New to Dressage?
First of all: ‘Dressage’, though now accepted as an English word, has its origin in France. It means training a horse with the objective of developing his athletic strengths and training him to quickly understand and obey the commands of his rider.
Dressage originated in Greece and was popular in the military and in its riding schools. Currently, it involves different levels and types such as sport horse breeding, musical freestyle breeding and styles with multiple horses and riders. Special tests are designed and revised by the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) and other institutions.
So what should you expect when you are joining a dressage club for the first time?
When joining a dressage club, one can definitely expect some, if not all, of the following:
- Meeting like-minded people – People who share a common interest in training of horses with specific objectives.
- Focused discussions – Discussions centered around horses, their breeds, training, performance, prices etc.
- Staying abreast of the upcoming events and competitions – Where one may like to participate or compete.
- Knowledge about what kind of horses may be suitable for dressage.
Here is a bit more explanation for what you can actually expect:
- What traits to look for in a dressage horse – While choosing a horse for dressage, a willing learner with rhythmic walk, trot and canter whose temperament matches that of the rider would be the ideal choice.
- Exchange of books on dressage – One should also expect a lot of conversation regarding the many informative books written on the subject.
- Plenty of discussions about joining the USDF – In view of the multiple benefits of joining the USDF, it remains a hot topic of deliberations and chats.
When joining a dressage club, one can expect much more than what is stated above as the above list is only indicative and not exhaustive. One thing’s for certain, joining a dressage club will be an experience that you’ll never forget!