Dressage phase is similar to competitive dressage but using the small arena of 20 x 40 meters throughout all the levels. The word ‘dressage’ means ‘to train’. The point of teaching working horses dressage is to develop skills that are needed for working in the field, i.e. navigating obstacles, moving cattle, etc. So each movement trained and each level of test is carefully created to help develop the horse and rider’s fitness, courage, agility and strength. Practicing these movements in a dressage court then applying them in the Ease of Handling Phase slowly and with many repetitions is important to do before adding speed and then the ultimate test of separating cattle!