DRESSAGE HORSE FINE ART PRINT
This pastel pencil piece is my favourite that I have created so far. I spent most of my youth riding and training horses for over 20 years. They are my favourite animals on earth. My horse Lexi we found out was much older than we had been told when we brought her. So I started training her in dressage to help her body become supple, and help her joints. It is a beautiful way to build a relationship with a horse.
HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTS!
- Dressage as we know it has origins in the 1600s, as a gentleman’s sport based on the training of cavalry horses.
- Greek military commander Xenophon wrote in detail about the careful, systematic training of horses — including movements that resemble today’s piaffe and passage — in 350 B.C. His The Art of Horsemanship” is considered the earliest dressage text.
- It does not appear to have been an event at the ancient Olympics. It first appeared in the modern Olympics in 1912.
- The actual word “dressage” is French and evolved from the verb dresseur meaning to train.
- Its purpose is to strengthen and supple the horse while maintaining a calm and attentive demeanor.
- The Dutch Warmblood is considered the world’s best dressage horse and the most common breed used for professional dressage.
- For a top-of-the-line horse that’s already dressage trained at an Olympic calibre, it will cost anywhere from $60,000 to $500,000.
- Hanoverian, Lusitano, Danish Warmblood, Trakehner, Oldenburg, Holsteiner all make exceptional dressage horses.
- Moves include extended and collected gaits, pirouette, flying lead changes, Passage, Piaffe.
- Derived from the French word ‘piaffer’, piaffe means to prance and it certainly is one of the most difficult movements in advanced dressage!
- The elegant sport originated in the ancient art of riding and controlling a war-horse.
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