I have always been a proponent of dressage as being so much more than a sport. It is bodybuilding, it is gymnastics, it is yoga, it is physical therapy for the horse. Horses are not for dressage, dressage is for horses.
The top picture is Amadeus in November 2015 after four months of stall rest due to hoof issues.
The bottom is yesterday, June 2016.
We walked the first month. We did a lot of walking and little trotting the second month. We hacked out. We did a lot of dressage figures at the walk to build the carrying power of his hind legs. More recently, we have started doing “crunches” from the ground.
This is why I am a dressage rider. This is why I don’t buy into the idea that only certain horses can do dressage. Dressage, in its original purpose, is for the improvement of the horse. I am very proud of these pictures and so entirely proud of my dear Amadeus.