The Training Scale, Demystified
When you first heard the term “training scale”, did you think it was the place you weigh yourself before and after a workout at the gym? Perhaps you imagine it as the rough, calloused skin that players of racket sports develop on their racket hands. Is the title of this article the first time you have ever heard of the dressage training scale? If so, don't be embarrassed. You are not alone. “The training scale is the progressive system with which riders and trainers correctly develop a horse from training level to grand prix,” says Cara Whitham, the only FEI judge in the world who holds Olympicdesignation for both dressage and eventing. If that brief description sounds too high falutin' for those of you who aspire to reach no further than third level or a nice clear 1.1 meter show jumping round, read on. As sophisticated as it appears with…
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