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 emphasis on lightness, harmony, finesse and partnership as a priority. Balance, cadence, carriage, control and performance are additional areas on which the horse and rider will be judged.©
The Cowboy Dressage™ court is the same size as a small classical dressage court, but with a difference: it is divided into equal measurements of 5 meters and 10 meters. The grid on this new court helps the rider with precision and execution. The smaller court fits the movement and smaller stride of the western horse. Two cones have been added to the short sides of the court allowing for more transitions and maneuvers.
Regular Cowboy Dressage™ court (20m x 40m):
You may find the Rules and Tests for Cowboy Dressage™ in the Competition section at www.cowboydressage.com .