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Getting to know the partner.

The gaucho, the country man, has on the horse his greatest adventure companion, his friend and confidant.


Traditions, more than once, collide against current currents.  Dressage  — one of the most distinctive national disciplines of  gaucho  — is today in the spotlight of organisations that defend animal rights, which qualify such practices as “cruel”.

However, there is something we should not let go of when these discussions are started: the  gaucho , the country man, has on the horse his greatest companion of adventures , to your friend and confidant. But, to get to that point, it is necessary to go through a previous process -  training . Nobody becomes our friend from one day to the next.  Dressage  is the instance in which the  gaucho  and his  horse   know each other, understand each other, learn to be with each other.

 Gaucho  is, perhaps, the clearest genotype of the national being:  creole  breed hundred percent Argentinean, a mixture of Hispanic and indigenous. The climate, the Pampa, the  horse , the facon and the guitar are their essence.  Dressage  is just one more part of that cluster of  traditions   that represent it and that the passage of time has incorporated into national  folklore  . No matter where we were born or how close or far we feel these customs, they belong to us, they are part of who we are. Much more than we can see.

Dressage gaucha vs indian dressage

As we know, thanks to traditional festivals held in various parts of the country,  traditional dressage or “gaucha”  consists of trying to ride a horse by force. For this method, the  tamer  must use  boots with spurs and a rebenque so  that through blows and whipping the horse will become amassing. Today this method is seen as violent and retrograde as it causes traumas in the animal which transforms it into a fearful and submissive being.

That is why this method is increasingly used and is being replaced by  progressive dressage or “Indian”  (the one used by native peoples to tame their horses) which is slower but much more humanitarian and in the long term. The Indian method consists of several steps whose main goal is to achieve a bond of friendship and trust between the tamer and the horse. This means that instead being fearful the horse is more meek and good-natured.

Below we will detail the stages of dressage:

  •  Socialization:  the horse is located in a corral where the tamer is also found, who will stay with him for a couple of hours.
  •  Dulling:  the animal is introduced into a sleeve for cattle, and there a muzzle is placed on it.
  •  Untickling:  the equine is touched in much of his body, which takes away the natural hypersensitivity they present on the skin, which manifests itself in the form of tickles.
  •  Riding:  the horse is fitted (placing a bow on his neck or a muzzle) and then it is achieved to follow the passage of its tamer.
  •  Mounted on hair:  the equine is mounted “on hair” that is, without rimmed. Usually this is carried out in a round corral.
  •  Assembled saddling:  the animal is mounted with chair and reins. In some types of Indian dressage this step is performed inside a lagoon or river, where water density physically limits the horse's resistance.

Another variant very similar to Indian dressage is what is known as dressage “on foot of the floor” and consists, as the name suggests, that the tamer performs the whole process from the floor. The tamer uses ropes to make the equine walk or jogging around it doing the pivot times. Then a small chair is placed to which it is gradually incorporating weights; then a doll will be added, and finally it will be the tamer himself who tries to climb.

Publication Date: 20/04/2018

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