Today there are no horses used
large wars with heavy artillery. The art and science of the ancient
battle movements defined by Xenophon so long ago is called dressage and
split into as many different styles as there are countries exhibiting
form of riding. The astonishing leaps are seen in what is called
Dressage' and usually shown only in a few advanced schools using their
own breed of War Horse, or in touring exhibitions.
Many different breeds of horse
ridden in dressage shows and most breeds of horse can benefit from the
balancing movements, however, forcing the advanced movements and head
on equines not bred for this form of work is cruel and unjust. Pure
Desert Arabians, especially, are not suited for the high collection and
head set needed for the advanced movements of dressage. The beautiful
Arabian horse naturally will toss her/his head and offer the
floating trot that has made this breed so famous. No horse should be
into any movement for which s/he is not suited by conformation or
Today there are few pure blooded horses of the ancient Barb breed.
remnants should be cared for as the last carriers of an ancient dance
beautiful that 'gods' would weep. They should be bred with care to keep
both the horses and the dance far into the future.
forward into that future, being fully cognizant of the past, behaving,
like the ancient pagans, as if horses were our partners in this world,
not inanimate objects to be used and/or abused then thrown away. At the
least, we can say "THANK YOU" and "PLEASE FORGIVE US" to those horses
have given their lives beside humans in our wars.
Grant, father of American Dressage
Music is an excerpt from"Road
The Faire" by David Arkenstone from his CD
"The Celtic Book Of Days"
Title clip art is from: http://www.horsegallery.com/index.htm