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Dressage is a competitive equestrian sport, defined by the International Equestrian Federation as “the highest expression of horse training”, where “horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements.”
Tyra teaches students from Training Level through FEI, based on the Classical Training Scale, tailored to the abilities of each individual.
The FEI requires all those involved in international equestrian sport to adhere to the FEI Code of Conduct and to acknowledge and accept that at all times the welfare of the Horse must be paramount. Welfare of the horse must never be subordinated to competitive or commercial influences.
Think of your horse!
Stabling and feeding must be compatible with the best Horse management practices. Clean and good quality hay, feed and water must always be available.
No Abuse or Fear
Horses must only undergo training that matches their physical capabilities and level of maturity for their respective disciplines. They must not be subjected to methods which are abusive or cause fear.
Foot care and shoeing must be of a high standard. Tack must be designed and fitted to avoid the risk of pain or injury.
Use Competant Handlers
During transportation, Horses must be fully protected against injuries and other health risks. Vehicles must be safe, well ventilated, maintained to a high standard, disinfected regularly and driven by competent personnel. Competent handlers must always be available to manage
Regular Rest Periods
All journeys must be planned carefully, and Horses allowed regular rest periods with access to food and water in line with current FEI guidelines.
Participation in Competition must be restricted to fit Horses and Athletes of proven competence. Horses must be allowed suitable rest period between training and competitions; additional rest periods should be allowed following traveling.
Deemed Fit to Compete
No Horse deemed unfit to compete may compete or continue to compete, veterinary advice must be sought whenever there is any doubt.
Serious Welfare Issue
Any action or intent of doping and illicit use of medication constitute a serious welfare issue and will not be tolerated. After any veterinary treatment, sufficient time must be allowed for full recovery before competition.
Any surgical procedures that threaten a competing Horse’s welfare or the safety of other Horses and/or Athletes must not be allowed.
Horse Welfare First
Mares must not compete after their fourth month of pregnancy or with foal at foot.