Being from FL originally, I had the pleasure of riding with some amazing riders from South America (Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina). They rode so "still" and could get any horse to be light. They would tell me about "Working Equitation" but I couldn't really imagine it, until now! Thanks YouTube. I hear that this sort of event is growing in popularity here in the states due to increase in Lusitanos, Andalusians and the like. Does anyone have any experience? Maybe seen an event? I was reading somewhere that people sometimes take "classical riding vacations" to Portugal and the like?
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In the andalusian/lusitano world it is called doma vaquiera. If you search that on youtube you will find lots of examples. My only direct experience with it is a friend buying a horse for dressage that was a working eq horse at the breed shows.
I found some amazing videos!!
I know! I would pay good money to sit on a horse like that! In Sylvia Lock's book The Classical Rider, she tells about the time she was offered a ride on a Lusitano in Portugal the first time. She couldn't get him to move!! LOL He was so sensitive and light, she writes, that her English riding confused him!! The kind horseman assisted her though and soon he was performing roll backs and piaffes