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Dressage Rider

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Dressage Rider

Dressage Rider

O for the skills to calm a flighty horse.
Compact its trombone limbs with reins and legs.
Exact perfection without noticeable force,
all trouble and delight that beauty begs.

One horse, one rider, indivisible;
sky-born with earth-bound duty to endorse.
Control from legs and seat must be invisible,
obeying smooth transitions on the course.

Struck by awe, crowds watch, as in a trance
a pleasure trip controlled by aids precise.
Such liveliness contained in equine dance,
by what divine device - this Paradise?

Each discipline involved must scarce be seen.
Before our eyes must seem a floating dream.

Suzanne Delaney

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  1. Date: 4/7/2013 8:03:00 PM
    Dear Suzanne,I enjoyed the Olympics Dressage,but not as much as "Dressage Rider.YOUR LOVE of horses comes to life in YOUR Portraits of POETRY.Wonderful Write. LOVE YOU ALWAYS and FOREVER YOUR Eternal Liege...Harry

  1. Date: 4/4/2013 4:35:00 PM
    Hi..I just watched the 2012 London Olympic Dressage winner. Your poem captures the beauty,grace, and unity between horse and rider. It was flawless. I never saw any exchanges between the two. Effortless beauty.. Thanks for sharing..xx Holly Moore

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 4/4/2013 6:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Holly It is the most beautiful sight, I agree.
  1. Date: 4/4/2013 2:22:00 AM
    Suzanne as a horse lover I adore this poem. Though I'm a Western rider, lovingthe trails, I can certainly appreciate the skills in dressage. Thank you for this poem. Rick

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 4/4/2013 10:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Rick: I have always adored horses and this one came to me after watching the Olympics...can those horses be real? PS I tried Western riding and English saddles but they are on opposite poles...the saddle I am most comfortable in is an Australian Stock saddle... which is between the two, Have you ever tried one.