View Full Version : A difference in dressage?

Feb. 2, 2011, 02:07 PM
I was wondering if anyone could tell me if there is a difference in the dressage used in the USDF and the dressage used for Working Equitation? I've recently gotten interested in Working Equitation as a sport but I'm not sure how different the dressage portion of the test will be from what I know.

Feb. 2, 2011, 02:13 PM
If you are referencing the working equitation classes of the Lusitano...I believe their dressage is not as refined. I say not as refined because the videos I have watched do not demonstrate classical dressage -- in my opinion -- it is the working aspects of the natural movements of the horse.

Working dressage: This event tests the obedience of the horse. It is cted at the working gaits, the walk and the canter, and eliminates the trot. The rider must ride with only one hand on the reins at all times. The arena is a standard 40 x 20 meter dressage arena and some of the maneuvers that are required are circles, straight lines, half passes, pirouettes and flying changes.


Tegan Pony
Feb. 2, 2011, 02:20 PM
There are several differnces in the dressage tests for Working Equitaiton and those for regular dressage shows.

The first differance is the tests themselves. The Working Equitation dressage tests has movements and exercises that test the horse's calmness, impulsion, balance and suppleness in ways that apply to the Ease of Handling Phase and the Speed phase.

The next difference is that the purity and regularity of the gaits are more important then the brillance of the gaits. The judge still wants a supple, round, and collected horse that can lengthen on command but a huge mover would be at a disadvantage in this sport comes from the testing of the horses that work out in the countryside, on the farm, and with cattle.

Another difference is that at the upper levels in Working Equitation you must ride with one hand. Also, the bits that are allowed are different.

Yet another difference is that there is a score for dress. There are many types of dress and tack allowed.

You can get more info at www.workingequitationusa.com.

Happy Riding!

Feb. 2, 2011, 02:33 PM
Working equitation dressage test : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_58Be4aCKj0

Dressage test (with a Lusitano): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW_M9dQa_Zo

Reining test (couldn't find a lusitano): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj7n83qIF64&feature=related

Feb. 2, 2011, 03:48 PM
After watching the Kyra/Rico video I found myself whistling as I went out to shovel snow, for the third time today.