Western Dressage vs Classical Dressage

In equestrian realize different forms of horse racing, is probably the most famous dressage, in addition to the classical dressage with bit today also for bitless riding dressage. Equivalent of dressage is Western, but to what extent is there a difference in the Foundation of riding horses? This article discusses the similarities and differences between the dressage and western riding.


Dressage bodies summed up gymnastiseren and obediently doing the horse. This is the basis for all equestrian sports such as show jumping, eventing, etc.
The base in dressage is based on Scale, either the six pieces of classical dressage *.
Each pass is made with the same force, regularity and print
The horse relaxes himself both mentally and physically.
A constant, relaxed connection from the back of the horse that the advance back to the hand
The front horse impulse is generated and is controlled by the driver
A horse walks into the balance weight on both the left and right sides evenly distributes and muscles on both sides are equally smooth and strong.
The weight carrying horses on the back end. By quickly learn lift the back leg and bring it to the masses is the horse to carry more weight in the rear, depends of the degree of collection on the training of the horse and the level of education.
Over six goals in relation to each other and thus can not be trained in isolation or seen.


The Western Style has arisen from the cattlemen in America. Sitting all day in the saddle, you will need a style that is particularly easy, comfortable but above all of course for horse and rider. This is the basis of western riding.
Even in western riding is the intention to relax the horse and works in all courses with the horizontal neck on the back. The image on the Western look different than in classical dressage. Most of what is striking is that no foundation and continuous collection in a Western riding is requested. But it’s the collection there, it is particularly well seen in stop and go back. Since the reins often sag there is no continuous contact with the mouth. Or as explained in English **:
You must ride your horse accordion thing to age-old principles of dressage, Medium-you need to ride him from behind forward, shoot him in the bridle, and get him to give to your hand. In this way, the horse gives slack by folding in the Chin. Only you need him so easy on the hands that he’ll make it far before your reins actually make contact. The importance of the clean feel of a horse in the mouth long before it forms a straight line between your hand and the horse’s mouth-if he has been trained to be sensitive!
The big difference is in the exercises that will be held and to be held in advanced reins in one hand.


The horse itself doesn’t know whether Western or driven classic, but is dependent on what is being taught. The Foundation of both disciplines is the same. Both train lateral work, horse racing and tempo change. Give in to pressure, in the western part is performed by the reins. Correct posture of the rider, with a good location, timing and the softness of the aid applicable to all disciplines. Both the disciplinary case, if you get the answer you want your horse, you will get the aid.