dressage dictionary

Do you know your Falling In from your Falling Out?
Do you know the difference between Snatching and Schwung?

We’ve put together an array of terms you might hear or see on a score sheet with definitions so you never need to wonder what the judge means again!

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To move a limb away from the horse's midline.

Above the bit

Above the bit - The horse places its head upwards and forwards to evade contact


Acceptance - Willingness to accept the riders seat, legs, contact and aids


Activity - The energy and liveliness of the movement (especially referring to the hind legs)

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