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Words of wisdom from a Dressage Coach:

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  • Words of wisdom from a Dressage Coach:

    Shoulders like a queen,
    Hips like a whore.

  • #2
    One of my favorites - if you find yourself struggling to ..uh..communicate effectively with your horse:
    "Dressage is an art....not a martial art!"


    • #3
      Regarding an, um, enthusaistic response to a leg cue:

      "It's OK, at least she's in front of your leg!!!!"


      • #4
        Originally posted by baroqueNheart View Post
        Shoulders like a queen,
        Hips like a whore.
        I am so using this!


        • #5
          but wont that get riders hula-ing their hips instead of absorbing the motion?


          • #6
            Umm, hula hoop is round and round. Canoeing isnt.


            • #7
              Riders shouldn't have a canoeing motion either.
              chaque pas est fait ensemble


              • #8
                But you do need that looseness through the hips. If this imagery helps you get there, more power to ya!


                • #9
                  I'm guessing the OP quote was said by a sexist pig of a man.
                  "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


                  • #10
                    Velvet dear

                    do try to get a sense of humor this year.

                    Most of us not only understood, we got a chuckle.


                    • #11
                      I've heard too many of those quotes from older, top trainers. It's not funny to me. I have a sense of humor, that's just sexist crap from a man that has no respect for women. Not enough to use the correct terms, anyway.
                      "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


                      • #12
                        Older, male = sexist

                        Because back then there wasn't anything considered wrong or rude about it.

                        I've heard just as bad or worse from women trainers. One of my former trainers had a male, homosexual student who she regularly yelled "t*tts out" at. He'd just laugh and sit up straighter.

                        I think that crude physical references either bother you or they don't. I don't think that assuming that was first coined by a man was fair, it likely wasn't.

                        Ever read those trashy bodice-ripper novels by the lady authors? Talk about sexist, Jeesh.

                        You should hear female dance coaches talk.


                        • Original Poster

                          I actually read it on tumblr so I can't take credit for it. Not only is it funny but it's true. I had a trainer that used to tell me to "be seductive!"


                          • #14
                            From a German trainer (female) a million years ago at one of the Violet Hopkins intructor's seminars. While riding Tempi Changes in loafers when she hopped on to demonstrate: "girls, point your nipples East and West". I loved it, and have used it at times.


                            • #15
                              I have recalled the happy TaTa quote many a time

                              It is actually more core correct that "get your shoulders back"

                              Though the shoulder like a queen hips like a whore could also apply to the horse, particularly in the walk
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