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Our Breaking-in and training procedures

  • - Weaning of the foals is carried out at the age of six months.
  • - Once weaned, the foals are let loose in the fields with the herd.
  • - They are periodically stabled for inspection, elimination of parasites and vaccination.
  • - After a few days they are returned to their herd
  • - Our foals live in the fields for the first 3 years, where they receive daily attention and feeding to promote their development and docility..
  • - Between 3 and 4 years the foals are broken-in and they are introduced to the saddle.
  • - When the foal accepts the saddle and harness willingly and performs correctly the 3 gaits, walk, trot and gallop, it is time to decide what sort of dressage is best suited to each horse.
  • - The two types of dressage used for our horses are the Minorcan and the Classic.

Minorcan dressage

During the 1980’s the details of Minorcan dressage were codified, confirming a style which has been recognised as a sporting discipline by the Federación Balear de Hípica.

This discipline considers the natural paces of the horse (walk, trot and gallop), the typical bôt (the courbette, or rearing up of the horse on its hind legs), which makes clear the origins of Minorcan dressage in the local fiestas.

Minorcan horse-handling is characterised by the use of the left hand to hold the reins. The tack consists of the typically Minorcan saddle, bridle, bit and breast plate.

Minorcan dressage Wikipedia

Classic Dressage

This discipline is designed to develop the abilities of the horse by means of a rational, balanced and methodical training, whereby the horse performs the rider’s commands in a smooth and willing manner. The horse becomes tranquil, flexible and agile at the same time as being more confident and obedient to the rider’s instructions, thus forming a perfect partnership.[2]

The qualities promulgated by Classic Dressage are as follows:

  • -Decisiveness and regularity in all gaits. -Harmony, lightness and ease of movement, the lightness of the forequarters due to an always active impulsion of the hindquarters. -Relaxation to the bit demonstrating a complete lack of tension or resistance.
  • In this way the horse gives the impression of directing itself . Confident and attentive, it willingly obeys the rider’s aids, on both straight and bending lines with the the body following the line of travel.
  • The walk is regular, smooth and loose, the trot is free, elastic and with a constant regularity. The gallop is light, even and rhythmic. The flanks respond to the slightest touch of the rider.
  • The ever-ready impulsion of the horse and the flexibility of its articulations allow it to obey willingly and confidently, responding to the rider’s aids calmly and precisely, whilst maintaining physical and mental harmony, and balance.
  • At all times – even when standing still – the horse should be “on the bit”. This means that the horse’s neck should be raised and arched and that it accepts a lightly controlled bit with complete docility. The head should be held still and normally just off the vertical, with the nape of the neck flexible and at the highest point.The horse should oppose no resistance whatsoever to its rider.
  • The trot and the gallop display the horse’s rhythm, which results from its innate harmony as it moves with correct regularity, impulsion and balance. The rhythm should be maintained during the various trotting and galloping exercises.
  • Regularity of gait is fundamental to Classic Dressage.

 

Classic Dressage Wikipedia

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