The answer to this question is as simple as the answer to the next. Like the wheel, Classical Dressage cannot be reinvented - it is as old as the hills! How therefore could I ever make such a claim? Seriously, there is no new system. Those people who trade on their own names to promote something, which was discovered, practised and written about hundreds of years before the birth of Christ can best be described as good salesmen and women. Podhajsky didn't teach the Podhajsky Method, Oliveira didn't teach the Oliveira Technique....although attitudes and interpretations may change, all bowed to the wisdom of the past!
(Photo by Menut: Coutesy of Joao Oliveira)
Classical Dressage - What's In It For Me?
Correct or not - does it really matter? some people ask. And who is going to judge the difference? There are many reasons why it matters to do things correctly, but the truth is an incorrect way of riding will impair the horse's movement and athletic ability and can do much damage both physically and mentally. Practised over a period of time, it generally leads to unsoundness in the horse and back pain for both horse and rider. But let's not be negative about this. The positive side is so compelling, it would be madness to reject it. We will go deeper into the psychological benefits later, but from a purely practical point of view -
Classical dressage is safer
Classical dressage is logical
Classical dressage tones and builds your horse's body (naturally)
Classical dressage makes horses more beautiful
Classical dressage makes horses happier
Classical dressage allows horses to live to a much greater age - e.g. the horses of the
Spanish Riding School of Vienna
Classical dressage reduces stress both in human and horse
Classical dressage tones and balances the rider's body
Classical dressage challenges the rider's mind
Classical riding is about acquiring the knowledge to tune into the horse so that his natural grandeur and abilities are freed up and maximised (photo by Bob Langrish from The Classical Rider)
The Sylvia Loch Classical Dressage System - Why It Doesn't Exist?
Is Classical Dressage Something New?
|Books and DVD's|
|Weight Aids Clinics|
|The Classical Riding Club|
|Is Classical Dressage Something New?|
|The Do's and Don'ts of Classical Dressage|
|Light At The End Of The Tunnel|
|The Power of the Pen|
|My Road Travelled|
|Rewards Come To Those Who Wait|