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fall on his forehand bearing his weight in the rider’s hands and causing him to become rigid and out of balance. Riding a horse long and low should always be the result of the horse being round and balanced first. It is not, as often believed, the method in which to achieve balance and roundness.


CONCLUSION Riders new to the feel of a compact and supple Iberian horse should realize that these horses must always work from lightness and engagement. Because they were bred for collection, they should be correctly brought to the higher levels of dressage sooner. They are more comfortable in the balance of third level and above, but this must be done without rushing their training. Keeping them in the lower levels, that were designed to reward horses working in a more horizontal frame, forces the Iberian into an unnatural balance and overtaxes their front limbs. Above we’ve presented a general approach for


preparing the Iberian horse for dressage. Every horse within the breed is different and slight modifications of these methods may be warranted depending on the individual. More and more Iberian horses are making their mark


on the national and international dressage scene, and a correctly prepared Andalusian or Lusitano can be one of


the most rewarding and pleasurable experiences in the life of a rider with goals set for the competitive arena.


ABOUT THE AUTHORS


Tina Cristiani Veder owns Caballos de los Cristiani, an Andalusian and Lusitano farm located in upstate New York and Ocala Florida. She comes from a famous circus family, the Cristiani’s, and received classical instruction from her relatives, from Portuguese trainer Viconde Roberto de Vasconcellos as well as from three generations of the Konyot family. Her focus with the farm is to breed, sell and promote Iberian horses for classical and competitive dressage.


Bruno Gonzalez Parrondo partnered with Tina 15 years ago. He is a dressage trainer from Spain internationally recognized for his training program and curriculum especially for Iberian horses. Together they have bred and trained numerous IALHA regional and national champions. They breed, import and sell high quality horses to professionals and amateurs, and recently exported two Lusitano stallions to Australia to help establish the breed there. Their website is www.andalusian-usa.com.


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