Cow Dressage   (+23)  [vote for, against]
Somewhere between dressage and rodeo

I never much liked horses, cows have always been a great deal more appealing to me somehow.

It struck me that dressage riders aren't really being pushed to their limits - surely an elegant trot and canter half-pass on a thoroughbred Lipizzaner is going to be a doddle compared to doing it on a two-ton Friesian.

It would also be nice to see cowboys and cowgirls acting with their beasts rather than against them.

A canter piroutte ought to be within the reach of the average Jersey, more complex manouvers such as the croupade might be left to more agile cattle such as Corriente.
-- wagster, Sep 01 2009

Dressage? What's that?
It's horse riding for show-offs. [wagster, Sep 01 2009]

Camel Dressage
Perhaps more likely [csea, Sep 01 2009]

Bull dressage (2007, CGI, fiction)
In Schweppes ad. [jutta, Sep 01 2009]

largest Fresian ever
[dentworth, Sep 02 2009]

It's a start I suppose...
[DrBob, Sep 02 2009]

The next generation will get it down patty.
[2 fries shy of a happy meal, Sep 02 2009]

Percheron dressage
[normzone, Sep 02 2009]

Dog dressage (?) http://linkusblesst...6/dog-dressage.html
[normzone, Sep 02 2009]

Dict: Def. Cavalry - def
[Dub, Sep 02 2009]

I always thought it would be interesting to teach a horse (or cow...) to do the dressage routine on its own, without a rider. The judges would be so confused! (In fact, any horse competition would be funny without a rider - racing, cross-country, fox hunting.)
-- neutrinos_shadow, Sep 01 2009

-- po, Sep 01 2009

In my experience, cattle do not have the brainpower to learn any reasonable sort of choreography. A more suitable animal is the camel [link].
-- csea, Sep 01 2009

Passage and Piaffe are ideal for making butter, too
-- Dub, Sep 01 2009

"I Can't Believe It's Not Lipizzaner" [+]
-- FlyingToaster, Sep 01 2009

//cowgirls acting with their beasts//

-- skinflaps, Sep 01 2009

I voted against, don't think its even remotely possible
-- dentworth, Sep 02 2009

I voted for, don't think its even remotely possible but worth a try!
-- DrBob, Sep 02 2009

I've always wanted to build a pyramid of living cows, balancing on each other's backs like cheerleaders. Cowgirls acting with their breasts! ...excellent idea[+]
-- xenzag, Sep 02 2009

You did pretty well building a non-living cow.
-- wagster, Sep 02 2009

//Cow dressage//

I'm assuming the cow would wear something in a floral pattern?

//Cowgirls acting with their breasts//
What, you've never seen the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders in action?
-- RayfordSteele, Sep 02 2009

I've always thought that elk had dressage potential. I have ridden bareback on a Belgian, but a dressage rider I am not.
-- normzone, Sep 02 2009

Would the rider be a Bovalier?
-- Dub, Sep 02 2009

I googled that word, struck out, came back here to ask you (wtf?), and figured it out looking at your anno again.

I have seen a photo of a girl riding a bull cross country, with a bar through his nose for a bit, but she wasn't making him do flying lead changes.
-- normzone, Sep 02 2009

Brings a whole new meaning to the word "dainty". I'll give you a bun, but I'm not sure why. Must be the visuals. (doesn't jutta's link kind of bake this?)
-- blissmiss, Sep 02 2009

I would think more like preheat. I think to bake something you have to do it, not just fantasize.
-- normzone, Sep 02 2009

[normzone] What //Bovalier//?
I made it up. But figured along the lines that a Cavalier rides horses "Cavalry" (//French cavalerie, from Italian cavalleria, from cavaliere, cavalier, from Old Italian; see cavalier.]// Linky) and cattle are Bovine - Thus Bo-prefix
-- Dub, Sep 02 2009

Yeah, I got there starting from chevalier and bovine. But you had me thinking I was about to learn something new at first.
-- normzone, Sep 02 2009

-- Dub, Sep 02 2009

Maybe 'boefier', to use a French rather than Latin base, would be a better analogue for 'cavalier'. The Latin would be more like bovarius.
-- spidermother, Sep 03 2009

<sings> This is the dawning of the age of Bovariuuuus - Bo-var-iii-uuuuuuuuusss...
-- egbert, Sep 03 2009

Heh [norm], to me they are the same.
-- blissmiss, Sep 03 2009

Wow, what a linkfest!

[jutta] - That's *exactly* what I had in mind.
-- wagster, Sep 03 2009

Cavalier [French, horseman, from Old Italian cavaliere, from Late Latin caballrius, from Latin caballus, horse.] is a mounted soldier or a knight.

Chevalier [Middle English chevaler, from Old French chevalier, from Late Latin caballrius, horseman; see cavalier.] means horseman but when used as a title it is equivalent to a knight.

I have enough experience to be a horseman, but I have not been knighted. I don't speak any french either.

There must be french equestrian equivalent term(s) for cowboy, rider, hacker, trail rider, etc.
-- normzone, Sep 03 2009

I like your Canage link.
[wags] B...But... that's bull!
-- Dub, Sep 04 2009

+ oh yeah.
-- xandram, Sep 07 2009

*feeling cow-ardly she changes her vote, It's moooot afterall.*
-- dentworth, Sep 07 2009

random, halfbakery