The Cowboy Dressage training scale as like Dressage is arranged in a pyramid or sequential fashion, with “Training on the ground” at the start of the pyramid and “Soft Feel” at the end. The training scale is helpful and effective as a guide for the training of any horse, but has come to be most closely associated with Cowboy Dressage.
“Soft Feel 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 emphases on lightness, harmony, finesse and partnership as a priority. Balance, cadence, carriage, control, and performance are additional areas the horse and rider will be judged and scored.©”