The thing that has always struck me about this picture is how serene the rider looks. With its forelock blowing, the horse is in a gallop and likely going to jump something. Even with all that energy, the woman is calm and centered.
I was surprised to learn — thanks to that knower of all things, Google — that the rider’s demeanor is part of the sport. Dressage is derived from the French term meaning training. Its purpose is to strengthen and supple the horse while maintaining a calm and attentive demeanor.
I have enough experience with horses to know they are naturally strong. However, I didn’t know you can supple a horse, but again Google informed me you can. It simply refers to an ability to bend without stiffness.
Yoga for horses — imagine that!