Soft Feel the way my horse explained it….!


January 2017


Contact:  JoAnn Gillespie


Soft Feel the way my horse explained it….!

Soft Feel is a private conversation between horse and rider.
Soft Feel is a silent conversation without words, like music, like dance.
Soft feel is the moment of Truth between Contact and Release.
Soft Feel is a Suspension Bridge of Feeling connecting horse to rider.
Soft Feel is a Handshake between horse and rider as Partners.
Soft Feel is the highest degree of Trust between horse and rider.
Soft Feel is a Language which horses Understand and Respect.
Soft Feel achieved through Light Physical Touch and Spiritual Energy.

Cowboy Dressage Mission and Vision

Soft Feel (or Fresh Rein) 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.

Since Soft Feel is the mission of Cowboy Dressage® it will be scored with emphases on lightness, harmony, finesse and partnership as a priority. Balance, cadence, carriage, control, and performance are additional areas the horse and rider will be judged and scored. ©


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!


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