2What is Dressage? Dressage is a French term meaning “training”. Dressage teaches a horse to be obedient, willing, supple and responsive.
3What is expected from the Dressage Horse? The horse freely submits to the riders lightest “aids” or body signals, while remaining balanced and energetic.The object of dressage is the harmonious development of the horse in both mind and body, and every horse, regardless of its type or use, can benefit from this training.
8Is trimming a Dressage horse different than trimming other horses? More time evaluating = better trimming.Learn that there is more than one way to trim.You must get under many horses, with different conformation faults, before you can evaluate with confidence.
14Allow the foot to determine the shoe and the shoe modifications.
15Are clips necessary for a dressage horse to perform? Horses in training may not need clips.Horses doing lateral work may need clips.Upper level horses usually require clips.
16Are toe clips or quarter clips preferred for dressage?
17It is “your” responsibility as a professional farrier, to educate yourself about the positive effects of clips, both toe and quarter. Learn that it is the clip’s placement that will compliment a particular foot!
27Dressage shoeing educational resources. Magazine and books.DVD’s and videos.Go to a show and observe horses at work.Functions like the AFA Convention.Ride with an experienced Farrier.
28Dressage Shoeing Success Complete knowledge of an equines individual conformation and movement. Proper trimming, the correct shoe, the shoe placement and your ability to communicate, will determine your shoeing success.