Western dressage gives Western riders who've been interested in the traditional sport of dressage--where horse and rider are judged individually and work their way gradually through well-defined levels--a way to try it out without changing gear. Learn what maneuvers are important, what the tests entail, what kind of horse can flourish in Western dressage, and more!
Tim Christensen practices going down the center line of a Western dressage arena with a gaited horse. He explains what the judges look for when you are going down the center line and goes over how gaited horses are judged.
In Western dressage, your halt is one of the most important maneuvers. Tim demonstrates what a proper halt should look like and what the judges want to see from your horse. Then, he gives you tips for improving your horse's halt.
Western dressage trainer Tim Christensen demonstrates how you can use half halts to get a better connection through your reins. He explains why this is beneficial for the Western dressage as well as many other disciplines.
In this video, Tim gives you some exercises that you can do at home to lengthen your horse's stride. Lenghtening of the trot will be in the Level 1 tests and usually take place on the diagnol line. Tim gives you tips to make your transitions as smooth as possible.
Tim demonstrates going from a regular jog and trot to an extended. In an extended trot or jog, the judge is looking for a clear change in gate with a noticable difference when you come back to the regular trot or jog.