|Even though there is already a little information about dressage on the Riding Styles page, I don't think that it quite does this sport justice. So, here is more about dressage! Note: If you are using a dial-up connection, the page may load slowly due to animation and video.|
|Below is a video of dressage at the professional level. It is from Google Video.|
|Glossary of Dressage:|
|Dressage can seem very complicated. Let's start out with some basic terms:|
| At dressage shows, you will ride in a dressage arena. To the right is a preview of how a 60x20 m (standard) dressage arena looks. A small dressage arena is 20x40 m and is used in lower levels of dressage.
At the start of a dressage test, the rider enters at A. There is usually one or more judges at C. (In higher dressage levels, judges may be placed at multiple places around the arena.) X is the center of the arena. The letters in the center (or red letters) are not shown in a real dressage arena.
|Note: This small glossary does not include all the terms of dressage. Only the basic and common terms.|
|Passage- a slow motion trot (right)|
|Piaffe- an approach to trot in place (right, finished piaffe)|
|Pirouettes- a 360-degree circle that is almost in place (right, at the canter)|
|Freestyle- dressage test preformed to music|
|Two-tempi- Lead changes on every other stride (right)|
|One-tempo- Lead changes on every stride|
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| You can wear a normal english showing outfit for dressage. In higher levels, a formal top hat and spurs are worn. Sometimes, you are allowed to carry a whip and sometimes not. Ask someone working at the show before you ride with one.
Your horse must have a snaffle bit for dressage and should not be wearing a martangle. Your horse should be braided and very clean. Hoofblack if often used. The tail is not usually braided.
At dressage shows, a dressage saddle is not required. However, you must use and english-style saddle. Dressage saddles usually have a deeper seat. This helps riders keep their place in the saddle.