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Training Process

There are some important standards that are applied to all types of training:

  • Safety - because horses are stronger than humans, they must be trained to keep calm around people
  • Harmony - it is very important for the trainer to understand the psychology of the horse and to teach the animal to comprehend and communicate with its owner
  • Native instincts - horses have a native instinct for fight or flight. The trainer has the responsibility to teach the horse how to use its native ability when he is stimulated and not to react by instinct

Training and Showing

Here at Art of Riding we focus on Iberian Horse breeders who want to train their horses in Tradition Spanish training like Doma Vaquera, Doma Clasica, Alta Escuela and Dressage and want to compete in Competitive Dressage.

We recommend starting the training with your horse at an early age so you can reach some of the best results in competitions like Halter classes in our Breed Show and Dressage Sport Horse Hand.

Breeders who have horses ready to start under saddle should begin showing them in Breed shows and/or Open Dressage. The training process refers to the various methods used by trainers in order to teach a horse to execute certain commends when it is asked by the rider. 


In dressage training, the horse must be able to achieve each level of the Training Pyramid. For this the rider uses his hands, legs and his seat position to implement to the horse the desired movements. These are called "natural aids" and here are some details for each of them:

  • Legs - represent the essential aid for the horse and are used for: go forward, increase power/impulsion, step sideway
  • Hands - are used for guiding the horse or for blocking the forward energy
  • The seat - first of all, the rider must learn to relax and then learn how to use the seat as an aid. Usually it is used to make the horse move faster or slower.

Training and Riding Tips

  • Choose some good steps and based on them build a complex exercise;
  • Always think positive;
  • Reward your horse promptly after it executes a movement;
  • A correct pirouette has no suspension and has 4 beats;
  • For entry levels a horse can pay attention and give the maximum result for about 30 minutes;
  • For high levels, horses can pay attention and carry us for 45 minutes;
  • Choose a horse that is compatible with you;
  • Your horse must respond every time you use leg or hand aid. It is better to get an incorrect answer instead of no response;
  • Pay attention to the incorrect movements and try to exercise more for the next competition;
  • If you are not happy with the results, it means you have to make some changes because there is something that is not working.