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The perfect dressage horse? (Das perfekte Dressurpferd?)

A few images explaining visually the natural collection of a horse

rollkur perfect horse

Click here for the german version / Hier klicken für die deutsche Version.

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A wonderful numb horsemouth and a solid hollow horseback will enable the ambiotious equestrian to get a bodybuilder-shape without extra traininglessons
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    The features:

* Permanent state of submission
* Excellent, strong rolled up neck with integrated LDR-factor
* Elevated wide paces
* Passionate eye
* Reduced circulation of blood in the mouth, avoids eyesores
* Stronger skin with a reduced circulation and less sensibility in the belly tissue enables a dynamic use of spurs
* Hindlegs tending backward – good prevention against pulling-off the front shoes
* Genetical wonder and beautiful look: the caudal vertebra and tail muscles stiffened to stop unaesthetic tail switching

    Special feature:

* Minimum durability: 2 years

I found this nice sarcastic drawing describing the features this “perfect dressage horse” has to have. Compared to what dressage is meant for, it’s scary to see people use ride horses for fun, but basically never learned about the background of the riding-training. Here is a post which describes in pictures those differences between what it should be and how it is done the wrong way.

I hope next time you walk in a riding stable, you will be able to spot some of the differences.

Natural collection, with or without rider

How the frequently seen ‘dressage’ has got to compare with the old school, classical dressage, meant to help the horse with natural collection, as beautifully shown in the following 2 pictures (without and with rider), I don’t know.
Wouldn’t you prefer to practice with your horse so it can find it’s own balance first, and then can carry you on it’s back without mental nor physical problems? Or do you still think “Oh, he always swishes his tail and tries to bite me when I put the saddle on” before you want to get up for a ride?


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Someone that has done a great job in awareness, horse training and education is Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, demonstrating how a free but collected horse looks like. If you compare it to the above picture, you do see that the horse has shifted his weight to the hindquarters.

Another comparison example:


an unnamed rider, similar to the above cartoon vs

The russian Nevzorov riding his stallion without a bit into free collection.

If you compare the above picture from Nevzorov with the horse below; you will see that the horse below is not collected.
This is taken from a video where a dressage horse was “ridden without bit”.
But…
If you look better, you see the stripes the leather has wrapped in his cheeks and nose. He must have been ridden with a bit in just before. In the beginning of the video this screenshot came from you also do see the typical white ‘foam’ around his lips, something that only happens with bits. Never mind the ‘biting in the bit’ he does here. Cramped cheeks are common for horses that use their strength to carry weights.
Compare it to the relaxed mouth from Nevzorovs stallion above.

This is a link to the original video. At 5:30 you will see the start of the passage (slow motion elevated trot), turning at 6:30 into a piaffe (trot on one place), but the horse moves very irregular and the rider does not seem to be able to shift his weight to the back.

But, back to the collection, real, free and natural collection does look different.

So, keep on practicing and keep on exercising. And if all fails?

Hold on tight
Hold on tight and hope for better times!

See also
Saddle your moneymaker.
A bit of bit for horses.
A frightening bit.
The perfect dressage horse? (Das perfekte Dressurpferd?)
Horse �Show� trainers � behind the scenes
Bits of Freedom? Not for horses.

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