I can think of few nicer ways to see the world than from the back of a horse. Hacking out, or trail riding, can be a lovely experience for both horse and rider. But if we choose to ride in a more confined space, at speeds greater than the walk, we should probably take time to consider the way in which the horse carries himself and us.
Dressage can get a bad rap but it really is foundational. It helps the horse to travel straight and find his balance with a rider on his back. When practiced carefully, I think it can increase the horse’s chances of having a long and healthy working life.
In this week’s video we touch on how that can be while also understanding why some people think they don’t like ‘dressage’.