November 2021

Expressions of Classical Dressage Part 5: Other Expressions

2022-02-20T20:01:54+00:00

In previous sections, we discussed some of the more popular expressions of classical horsemanship, including riding, work in-hand, the airs above the ground, and mounted martial arts. However, there are a few expressions that do not fit into any of these categories. Obstacles Riding with obstacles is an old piece of training the well-rounded dressage [...]

Expressions of Classical Dressage Part 5: Other Expressions2022-02-20T20:01:54+00:00

October 2021

Expressions of Classical Dressage Part 4: Mounted Weaponry

2022-02-20T20:02:04+00:00

The first few parts in this series covered more of the common expressions of classical dressage, including riding, work in-hand, and airs above the ground. This last piece focuses on something we don't see often anymore, which is the truly martial art side of dressage. In the past, a major goal in dressage was to [...]

Expressions of Classical Dressage Part 4: Mounted Weaponry2022-02-20T20:02:04+00:00

August 2021

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship Part 3: Airs Above the Ground

2022-02-20T20:02:32+00:00

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship Part 3: Airs Above the Ground In part 1 and part 2, we discussed the expressions of regular riding and the work in hand. The third part, the airs above the ground, is probably the most recognizable expression to the public. Most people identify Lipizzans with the [...]

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship Part 3: Airs Above the Ground2022-02-20T20:02:32+00:00

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship, Part 2: The Work In-Hand

2022-02-20T20:00:54+00:00

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship, Part 2: Work-In-Hand   Last week, we started with a discussion of the riding expression of classical horsemanship. This week, we're discussing the expression of the work in-hand. There are a few styles of work in-hand: the Iberian, the Viennese, Long-Reining, and the Pillars. Each one takes a [...]

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship, Part 2: The Work In-Hand2022-02-20T20:00:54+00:00

July 2021

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship, Part 1: Riding

2022-02-20T20:02:45+00:00

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship, Part 1: Riding Many art forms have different expressions. In classical music, there are different styles and special names for the group sizes and makeup. The same goes for ballet and other arts, including classical horsemanship. Like classical music and ballet, these expressions work with each other, [...]

Expressions of Classical Horsemanship, Part 1: Riding2022-02-20T20:02:45+00:00

December 2020

The History of Classical Dressage

2022-02-20T20:03:03+00:00

As the name implies, classical dressage is a very old art form. However, many debate about how it developed since its origins in Ancient Greece, and as we look at more texts with a fresh perspective, our understanding changes. As with much history, it's not quite as clear-cut as we'd think. Origins The earliest surviving [...]

The History of Classical Dressage2022-02-20T20:03:03+00:00

August 2020

Origin of the Arena Letters

2022-02-20T20:07:56+00:00

As promised, a short history of the arena letters. After the beginning of the 18th century in the games called "The Skirmish Turns," published in the book by Bruno Joseph de Morla in 1738, we find evidence of the use of letters, in this case in a bullfighting ring, to be able to coordinate exercises [...]

Origin of the Arena Letters2022-02-20T20:07:56+00:00

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