3 Differences Between a Beginner and a Professional Dressage Rider

Apr 16, 2018

When it comes to dressage riding, it’s not always easy to tell what it takes to be a professional. If you’ve ever seen a professional dressage rider, you know just how complicated things can get. It’s not all about the tack, you also need good positioning and a well-trained horse, among other things. Here we will show you 3 of the differences between beginner and professional dressage riders, and how you can improve your own dressage riding skills.

1. Perfect Position

Achieving a perfect position takes hard work and effort. Professional dressage riders have excellent posture and position that helps them achieve highly improved balance while riding compared to beginners.

The secret behind a professional dressage riders perfect position begins with balance and angles. The three major angles that are exponentially important to a proper riding position are the angle of your legs, the angle of your hip, and the angle of your arms.

To achieve proper leg position you start with your feet, make sure your heel is slightly inward, while your toes are outward. your knee needs to be bent at just the right angle, make sure your stirrup is as just the right position to allow your knees to form what looks like a 90-degree angle. Once you have both your feet and knees in check, you now have proper leg position.

Next, you need to make sure you have the proper hip position, to achieve excellent posture. You should maintain an open hip angle while performing dressage. What this means is that you keep your butt slightly back in the seat, and keep your back relatively straight, allowing your horse to move swiftly and for your body to absorb as much of the shocks from the horse’s steps.

Finally, for proper arm position, you keep your elbows relaxed, and your hands should hover above your horse’s withers. From there, the proper position for your arms isn’t strict like the previous positions, but it’s important to maintain a level of relaxation to show control, and skill while dressage riding, this allows you to communicate with your horse more effectively.

2. Proper Attire

This covers proper attire for professional fourth level dressage.

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  • Coat – A short riding coat of conservative color WomenMen.
  • Ties – Tie, choker, stock tie, or integrated collar
  • Breeches – White or light-colored breeches or jodhpur WomenMen.
  • Shoes – Boots or Jodphurs Boots WomenMen.
  • Protective Headgear

3. High Quality Tack

Dressage riding a form of riding that requires precision, skill, balance, and a seamless connection between horse and rider.

One of the most important things you need to achieve masterful control over your horse is the proper tack. When it comes to dressage riding, the proper tack can make a world of difference. By giving you more fluid control and a closer and more direct contact with your horse, these priceless tools are a must for any serious dressage rider.

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Dressage Saddle

A good English Dressage saddle gives you added functionality to fine-tune the saddle to your horse giving you a more comfortable feel, a better position, and increase balance while riding.

Dressage Saddle Pad

A good Dressage saddle pad allows your horse to move freely and comfortably while riding, giving him more fluid movement and quicker responses to your directions.

A Professional Bridle

A good bridle is detrimental to the success of a dressage rider. Your bridle needs to give you the necessary control over your horse that dressage riding requires. That’s why we suggest a high-quality bridle that’ll give you increased control and more accurate response times from your horse.

Riding Gloves

A good pair of gloves allows you to get a better grip on the reins to ensure that you can quickly maneuver the reins and send your directions to the horse rapidly and efficiently.

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