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…

Subscription Upgrade Required

Upgrade your subscription now for full access or register to continue reading.


Subscribers: enter the email and password connected to your subscription.

First time logging in?
Click here.

Tablet/Mobile users must also refresh after login to activate subscription.

Not a subscriber yet?
Click here to see our print and digital subscription offers that include full access to all articles.

Subscribe now and enjoy full access to

Your All-Access Digital Subscription includes unlimited access to all articles as well as a digital subscription to each issue of Horse Sport, Horse Canada, and Canadian Thoroughbred.

digital subscription

Get full access to including all articles from Horse Sport, Horse Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred, and The Canadian Horse Annual.

print subscription

Read the digital editions of Horse Sport, Horse Canada, Canadian Thoroughbred, and The Canadian Horse Annual.

View Print and Digital Subscription Offers

Love our Articles?

If you enjoyed reading the articles on this website, consider subscribing to get upcoming issues as they are published! Simply click on the button below to see your options.


to top