“Dressage is more than trot…and the saddle you ride in.”
By Jennifer Klitzke
Dressage is for gaited horses, too (and it won’t make your gaited horse trot)!
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.
That’s not all! Dressage training translates well into versatility training. It is refreshing to break out of the four walls of a dressage arena for some team penning, sorting cows, trail obstacles, trail riding, endurance races, and gymnastic jumping. Dressage training has made my naturally gaited horse more maneuverable around obstacles, jumps, and sneaky cows, and she is more reliable on the trail.
Dressage training has made all the difference and it hasn’t made my gaited horse TROT!