Originally Posted by PaulAlboran
Since I was a child I can ride, I can't remember the first time! But ihave never done a competicion and no one has never teached me to ride. Everyone who sees me says I can be a very good dressage rider, but I don't know wich things are important in a dressage competicion. I meen like my and the horse's position, how to trot and galop perfectlly... "How to get the first price in a competicion" haha!
I hope you understand me and help me.
While competition gives you an idea of where you stack up against other people and SHOULD give you feedback of where you are in your training and where you may be lacking, it is in itself should not be the end result of riding in a more dressage purposeful manner.
The purpose first and foremost is to have the horse go in a way that is efficient for itself and in the carrying of weight (rider) to the least detriment to itself.
The problem is that it requires a level of maturity and sense of feeling of accomplishment having only gotten the slightest response in a positive way from the horse.
So THE most important thing (riding or competition) is patience.
A less talented rider willing to see each thing through and be patient (and understanding the nuances) will accomplish more on an average horse than a talented rider with no maturity or patience on a talented horse.