QUOTE (Liz Salmon @ Feb 3 2012, 03:15 PM)
I was taught in the UK by 2 instructors who had been with the Spanish Riding School for 3 years, which was wonderful. All my Arabians were broken to saddle before being bred later and competed in ridden show classes, dressage, endurance or eventing. My daughter is a very successful dressage rider, trainer and judge and I passed on the classical methods to her. The Spanish Riding School does not compete in dressage classes.
Back in the saddle again this week !!
are you sitting in a western saddle? I am asking because of the position of your legs.
As far as "longing" is concerned, it is actually an art in itself. I dontknow if trainers, who have never been in the saddle would know how to properly longe. Most all I watched dont know how and some have done more harm to the horse than good. some I watched let the horses "run" in every gate.
Can you remember the names of those two instructios of the Spanish you mentioned?
Often "Dressage" is misunderstood, some thinking it is circus, when in fact it is a "gymnastic".
Often, years back, over the forum I stated" let the horse stretch forward/downward, like a hound with the nose to the ground. Only when one knows at least 5 of the 7 systems of the horse, can one understand a lot better. Years ago I advised over the forum to learn about it.
You will remember Gillian in Qatar who did an excellent teaching job. She had the muscle system and the scelleton system pained on a life horse and one could easily see how all worked/behaved doing whatever.
It was one of the best educational lessons I have seen. I wish she be invited to the EE to educate.
Often I state that the system is 2500 years old since Xenophon and nobody has been able to improve upon it yet.
Many a books have been and are writing and some make my hairs stand on end. I also watch sometimes the RFD
over TV and my stomach sometimes turns getting sick of what I see by some trainers.
the last one was when a trainer longed a horse on a hill, it running up and down, with some obstacles, unable to negotiate them, almost falling down, etc.etc. and cant believe that this was shown over TV. If some one wants to break a horse's neck or legs, copy it.
Dressage is the womb of all equine sports, even for halter horses and especially race horses.. It takes a lot of time, patience and knowledge. But who wants to take the time for a year to do all the basics right, eh? And those are in my opinion the hardest and most difficult. What follows is much easier, dont you agree? Furthermore it is so hard to find a good trainer and riders. the latter is truly difficult. It also is expensive, always was, even at my time when a lesson from willy Schultheis costs $ 125.00- that some 40 or more years ago. Few can afford this nowadays in this economy.