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Cooky McClung

September 14, 2004

We Could Go Sideways (And Faster Too)

The time has come to set the record straight about dressage: It was invented by fox-hunters.

More accurately, the movements incorporated in this classical form of horsemanship were practiced on the hunting field eons before they were performed in any Renaissance arena with fancy-schmantzy terms like pirouette and serpentine.

Without bothering to research the indisputable proof that these complicated exercises were first developed by folks in pursuit of Reynard, over the centuries "experts" have perpetuated the myth that dressage was perfected by the French.

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