THE PURPOSE OF THIS CHAPTER SHALL BE TO
FOSTER AN INTEREST AMONG HORSEMEN IN DRESSAGE
Dressage, ( training or schooling), as an equitation term,
means the gradual harmonious development of the horse's physical and mental condition with the aim being to achieve the improvement
of its natural gaits and a perfect understanding with its rider.
The program of the Lake County Chapter shall be educational and
shall be designed primarly to offer a framework in which individuals can progress with the schooling of themselves and
their horses. Activities shall be directed toward a better general understanding of Dressage.
The Lake County Chapter of the California Dressage Society is a non-profit organization
of horse enthusiasts who are particulary interested in promoting the sport of Dressage.
Members interests range from Dressage, Dressage Driving, Trail riding, Training,
Breeding, Eventing, Handicapped riding, Scholarships, and Western style programs.
A LOGICAL APPROACH TO SCHOOLING HORSES.
qualities which riders strive to develop in their horses are obedience, self-carriage, suppleness, impulsion, and collection,
in order to achieve a feeling of unison with their equine partner. These challenging ends must be achieved without short cuts,
severe equipment or artificial appliances.
The horse is taught
to be sensitive to pressures through seat, legs, and hands of the rider. These aides comprise a language of subtlety and finesse.
Dressage is a
state of mind. While physical self-discipline is required, the rider's positive mental attitude and acquired knowledge and
skill guide his physical development. Much like learning to play a musical instrument and much like striving for harmony with
that instrument in an orchestra, dressage requires patience and skill, coupled with balance and rhythm.
systematic in theory, offers a certain degree of margin when applied practically to the individual horse. The rider must understand
the horse's associative learning process before he can develop the unique relationship with his horse. This is where the daily
challenge comes in, The Art, where the rider welcomes every minute success as a masterpiece.
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