By Jennifer Klitzke
Some owners of gaited horses believe that dressage will make their gaited horse trot while some traditional dressage riders believe that dressage is only for horses that trot.
Dressage is a French term for the training of horse and rider. Whether you ride english or western; whether your horse trots or gaits, it doesn’t matter. As long as you seek to improve rhythm, relaxation, balance, connection and engagement with your horse and grow in knowledge and application of rider position and effective use of aids, you’re right in line with the foundational principles of dressage. Dressage training will bring out the best natural movement in your horse whether it trots or gaits.
Remember…dressage is more than trot…and the saddle you ride in.