When you read the Cowboy Dressage Mission Statement, you will understand why I have embraced Cowboy Dressage as enthusiastically as a perfect fit for my existing Natural Horsemanship Program.The two disciplines put the relationship and well-being of the horse as well as the horse and human relationship as their priority.
One of the greatest assets that I have embraced from Cowboy Dressage is that I have become so aware of the importance of being on the receiving end of messages sent to me by my horses.
Whether you are pursuing Cowboy Dressage with some friendly competition in mind, or simply enhancing your Natural Horsemanship skills, I believe you will agree that you and your partner will thoroughly enjoy the Cowboy Dressage Challenge Court as well as the standard Cowboy Dressage Court.
Cowboy Dressage Mission Statement
Cowboy Dressage Mission and Vision Soft Feel (or Fresh Rein) is the guiding principle of Cowboy Dressage. It is a wordless, intimate and for some a spiritual communication within the partnership between horse and rider. Soft Feel is not only sending messages but having the sensitivity and awareness to feel and receive the message the horse sends back. The timing and use of the Release, Relaxation, Preparation and Execution are the basic fundamentals of Soft Feel. Since Soft Feel is the mission of Cowboy Dressage it will be scored with emphases on lightness, harmony, finesse and partnership as a priority. Balance, cadence, carriage, control, and performance are additional areas the horse and rider will be judged and scored.
Cowboy Dressage Clinic at Summer Wind Ranch February 10th – 9:00 am
This clinic is specifically designed for those of you who are new to Cowboy Dressage OR want to enhance your Cowboy Dressage skills in a fun, relaxed and educational setting. We will ride the official Cowboy Dressage court and Challenge Court. My goal is for you to ride Cowboy Dressage with precision, confidence, and of course, soft feel.
Some of the Cowboy Dressage maneuvers and requirements that we will be addressing are:
Tack and dress for Cowboy Dressage The ins and outs of the Cowboy Dressage court How to guide your horse on a straight line (center line) using your body first. The difference between the “free” and “working” gaits How to help you and your horse maintain a ten meter bend on a ten meter circle and a twenty meter bend on a twenty meter circle. Crossing poles while maintaining cadence. Addressing the judge, and mostly having fun!