So what is the difference Principles between Cowboy Dressage and Western Dressage WDAA?


August 2017


Contact: JoAnn Gillespie


We here at Cowboy Dressage often hear:

“So what is the difference Principles between Cowboy Dressage and Western Dressage WDAA?”
Principles of Western Dressage – WDAA
“Western dressage training has been founded on five principles: straightness, control of the front end, control of the hind end, collection, and canter departures. Functionally, the list is not far from the traditional six building blocks of the German Training Scale. The German scale focuses on the principles of relaxation, rhythm, contact, impulsion, straightness, and collection.”…/east-meets-wes…/

Principles of Cowboy Dressage
“Soft Feel is the guiding principle of Cowboy Dressage™. It is a wordless, intimate and for some a spiritual communication within the partnership between horse and rider. Soft feel is not only sending messages but having the sensitivity and awareness to feel and receive the message the horse sends back.
The timing and use of the Release, Relaxation, Preparation and Execution are the basic fundamentals of Soft Feel.”

We believe that in order to create the ultimate horse we have to be the ultimate partner for that horse. By working to improve communication with the horse through soft feel we aim to create a working partner that is soft and willing and capable and able to take on any job on the ranch or in the arena. We honor the try in the horse and the human.

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Cowboy Dressage is revolutionizing the way people interact with their horses in the western communities. It provides an outlet for folks that embrace kindness in their horsemanship and gives them a place to showcase their endless endeavor of cultivating a good relationship with their horses. Cowboy Dressage is rewarding the art and beauty of riding with a soft feel partnership and celebrates the TRY in horse and rider. This community treats each other and their horses the way you would want to be treated. NICE!