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The Western Dressage classes would offer a place for the western rider and horse to improve themselves as individuals and partners through the use and discipline of dressage. By using dressage principles the western rider will help their horse in many ways such as cadence, balance and carriage. The use of dressage will help the western horse to again work off his rear end allowing for lightness in the front end with a more natural head set. Dressage itself will also help greatly to maintain the soundness of the horse for many years.
It is important to keep in mind that Western Dressage encourages and will look for "lightness". In keeping with the Western Tradition the "western" allows the "dressage" to have a much lighter contact, not always seen in competition dressage. The competitive bar will be raised as well as the personal satisfaction in knowing thet"good" is being done for both horse and rider> these classes will also offer a place where the western rider can compete on a scoring system that allows them to move "up" at their own level.
The Western Dressage classes also give a mature western horse (5 years and older) a place to be re-schooled with the use of a snaffle. It is a very good entry level for individuals who wish to learn to ride and show and riders returning to competition.
It is not the goal of the Western Dressage classes to use Dressage Horses under western tack. It is the goal of the Western Dressage to maintain the integrity and lightness of the western horse and western traditions through the use of dressage. It is very important to remember that a western horse moves different. Western Dressage can just help it to move better.
Western Dressage is all about being the best western horse and rider you can be.
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