French word that means "training," is a lovely equestrian sport that
developed from the military training of cavalry horses. When combined
with art during the Baroque period,
Haute Ecole horses performed equestrian ballets for kings and emperors.
The purpose of dressage is to make the horse the best riding mount
possible by improving his obedience, strength, suppleness, and balance.
With correct schooling, the horse can move under saddle as elegantly
as he can at liberty. The horse is made more beautiful and comfortable
in his gaits, and his soundness is preserved.
Audiences can still enjoy the equestrian artistry of dressage. At
the Olympic Games, horse and rider teams from all over the world
display their mastery of movements once ridden in the courts of
Contact Cynthia for a translation of Seeger's Msr. Baucher and His Art or Schusdziarra's
Anatomy of Dressage.