April 11, 2009

Dressage at Jacksonville Equestrian Center

So I learned about dressage this weekend with my daughter and husband. The event was free and interesting. Horses are amazing animals!

Dressage in Detail

Dressage is a French term meaning "training".

Dressage requires the horse and rider to combine the strength and ability of gymnastics with the elegance and beauty of ballet. It may look effortless, but truly it is the result from years of training. To guide a horse through a series of complex maneuvers by slight movements of the rider's hands, legs, and weight require extreme coordination of the riders muscle's. This can be achieved only with proper exercise.

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