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Your favorite Quotes/sayings about Dressage, or riding in general

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  • Your favorite Quotes/sayings about Dressage, or riding in general

    I'm looking for good sayings about riding, but dressage in particular. It could be something about the sport, some inspirational saying, a piece of advice, words from a famous rider, or even something tongue-in-cheek.

    So. Share your favorite quote or quotes!

  • #2
    These are my faves:

    "If one induces the horse to assume that carriage which it would adopt of
    its own accord when displaying its beauty, then, one directs the horse to
    appear joyous and magnificent, proud and remarkable for having been

    "In buying a horse or taking a wife, shut your eyes tight and commend
    yourself to God."
    --Tuscan Proverb

    Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.
    –Ralph Waldo Emerson

    There is no secret so close as that between a rider and his horse. ~Robert Smith Surtees

    A lovely horse is always an experience.... It is an emotional experience of the kind that is spoiled by words. ~Beryl Markham
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    • #3
      "Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty
      of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backward, or
      sideways." H. Jackson Brown

      "Inside leg to outside rein."


      • #4
        "from the moment you arrive on the horses back, you must apologize"



        "the outside aids are the most underused, the inside, the most overused"

        Eric herbermann

        Maybe not verbatim but close!
        "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
        The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


        • #5
          From Dr. Klimke, with small mistakes; "Doesn't matter".


          • #6
            Dressage is good for every horse. Not every horse is good for dressage.
            Peggy Judy
            Caduceus Farm, LLC
            Broomfield, CO


            • #7
              "The horse reflects the rider"....

              From my riding instructor, Susan Terrall. Also heard it from Erik Herbermann, and in not-so-many-words, author Mary Wanless.... if someone knows the true origin, please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due!
              Creek Ridge Farm
              Trakehner Horses


              • #8
                "Learn how to develop a horse that wants to work for you " Andreas Helgstrand
                "Let the aids breathe"
                "Get more from your horse by asking less"
                "Forwards Sideways"
                "Ask often, demand little, reward generously"
                "Horses do not think in a complicated way. It is ot conscious. They do things the easiest way."
                "Every horse has a chocolate side "
                "Ask often, demand little, reward generously"
                " Every horse has a chocolate side"


                • #9
                  Originally posted by ridealot View Post
                  "Every horse has a chocolate side "
                  I like this one.


                  • #10
                    "A horse "held in shape" by his rider is only posturing in a seemingly correct outline, usually for the benefit of the inexperienced observers."

                    Charles de Kunffy

                    "Ride your horse calm, forward and then make him straight."

                    Walter Zettl

                    "My horses are my friends, not my slaves."

                    Dr. Reiner Klimke
                    "Success comes in cans, not in cannots!"


                    • #11
                      Even though this is not horse related, it is inspirational

                      Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you'll land among the Stars" Les Brown


                      • #12
                        "Dressage...it's not like trail riding..."
                        Boyle Heights Kid 1998 16.1h OTTB Dark Bay Gelding
                        Tinner's Way x Sculpture by Hail to Reason
                        "Once you go off track, you never go back!"


                        • #13
                          Brought home to me in spades last summer "Fix it Forward"
                          "Ride the trot you want to have"
                          I wasn't always a Smurf
                          Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
                          "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
                          The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


                          • #14
                            "You see, the horse knows. He knows that you know and he knows that you know he knows"-- Ray Hunt

                            "Take your time, but don't waste time." ~Arthur Kottas

                            Horsemanship is the one art for which it seems one needs only practice. However, practice without true principles is nothing other than routine, the fruit of which is a strained and unsure execution, a false diamond which dazzles semi-connoisseurs often more impressed by the accomplishments of the horse than the merit of the horseman.
                            ~Francois Robichon de la Gueriniere
                            "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli"


                            • #15
                              I don't know if she got this from someone else, but it was given to me by my trainer, Hannah Johnson, many years ago:

                              "A loud rider makes a deaf horse."


                              • #16
                                neat thread

                                Neat thread, but I don't understand "Every horse has a chocolate side." Could someone enlighten me?

                                All of the ones I would share have already been posted!
                                "Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death."


                                • #17
                                  " Enter the sanctuary of the horse
                                  ever with honor and respect "

                                  Erik Herbermann
                                  "And I will be an embarrassment to all
                                  Who have not found the peace in being free
                                  to have a horse as a best friend."


                                  • #18
                                    My Horses, My Teachers
                                    Col. A. Podhajsky


                                    • #19
                                      "It is by no means the privilege of the rider to part with his horse solely by his own will." -- Alois Podhajsky
                                      "Go on, Bill — this is no place for a pony."


                                      • #20
                                        "The fastest way to get where you're going is to take your time." No idea

                                        Paraphrasing Dr. Klimke: "Some riders have good enough hands to use draw reins; I, myself, do not."
                                        Against My Better Judgement: A blog about my new FLF OTTB
                                        Do not buy a Volkswagen. I did and I regret it.
                                        VW sucks.