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post #21 of 28 Old 12-17-2011, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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I don't want to move up, my husband and other people at the barn want me to because they think Cinny is THE BOMB and that it's unfair for me to stay at lower levels. I disagree with them, and it's a LOT of pressure.

And, there aren't many dressage trainers in my area. The best one refuses to come to my stable, and I have no trailer.I'm kind of STUCK in the trainer area. I wish I were back in Southern CA :(
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post #22 of 28 Old 12-17-2011, 04:01 PM
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Cinny, I'm curious, these people who want you to move up...do they ride/show/train dressage? If not, then I would not take advice from them. You know your horse best and where the two of you are training wise. It is wrong for others to put pressure on you to do anything you don't feel prepared for. It's best to ride a test you feel 100% confident about. Showing is stressful enough without adding undue pressure to get your horse to do something at a show that he doesn't do perfectly every time at home. Even things they do well at home won't always be as good at a show sometimes just because of the added 'hoopla' at show grounds. Best to show one level below what you are working on at home. This is what all the professional dressage trainers advise.
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post #23 of 28 Old 12-18-2011, 01:46 PM
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I don't want to move up, my husband and other people at the barn want me to because they think Cinny is THE BOMB and that it's unfair for me to stay at lower levels. I disagree with them, and it's a LOT of pressure.
Cinny, your husband and other people are NOT professionals. If your car is 15 years old corolla and I tell you it's great to race so lets do it, would you do that?

I think it's much better to tell those people right upfront to leave you alone than go to the show and be in a shame getting low scores.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

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post #24 of 28 Old 12-18-2011, 01:57 PM
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Just wanted to say thanks to Anebel and Maura for the time and trouble that they are putting into their responses in this thread.

For those of us riding at the lower levels it is great to actually get some background to to your thoughts and statements, there are always more people reading these threads than ever post in them, and I'm sure that they like me get a lot from them. It's far more useful than those who just say

"You are doing it wrong"

And then leave you to guess what the next step maybe.
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post #25 of 28 Old 12-18-2011, 02:16 PM
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Just wanted to say thanks to Anebel and Maura for the time and trouble that they are putting into their responses in this thread.

For those of us riding at the lower levels it is great to actually get some background to to your thoughts and statements, there are always more people reading these threads than ever post in them, and I'm sure that they like me get a lot from them. It's far more useful than those who just say

"You are doing it wrong"

And then leave you to guess what the next step maybe.

I can't see that anywhere in the thread... I don't have anything to add though, I am not too overly sure about your levels but you have some sound advice.
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post #26 of 28 Old 12-18-2011, 02:24 PM
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I can't see that anywhere in the thread... I don't have anything to add though, .

My extreme apologies it wasn't meant to be a direct quote, it was just an example, for most people more information is good and helpful, a one or two word answer is not so much.
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post #27 of 28 Old 12-18-2011, 03:03 PM
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GH,

I am very flattered to be lumped in with anabel, but it's not exactly accurate.

I never showed above 1st level, and schooled 2nd and 3rd at home. The one horse I had with serious dressage potential, that I had hopes of taking farther, died. My other experience came either from prospects I was bringing along for sale or for clients, or on schoolhorses/schoolmasters. One of my dressage instructors had me ride a legit 3rd/4th level horse in lessons, and it was amazing.

Coming from a forward seat background, I struggled mightily with learning dressage. But I am first and foremost an instructor, so I worked hard to give my self a good grounding in theory. I read voraciously, studied video obssessively. I also was blessed with some amazing, patient, tolerant dressage instructors. (Elizabeth Lewis, Helen George, Barbara Wiefelstede, Robin Brueckmann Miller, Sandra Cabell, Allison Head)

I am now a 50+ year old, fat, unfit pleasure rider.

Anabel is the real deal. She has a horse competing at the FEI levels now that she has brought along through the levels. She has posted video of her 4th Level freestyle, and it is a joy to watch. HAPPY, relaxed, obedient horse enjoying his work and a lovely soft rider with nearly invisible aids.

So I may have a small gift for explaining things that has served me well teaching; but in terms of real, honest to god, legit experience, anabel has much more than I do or ever will.

So if her advice and mine ever conflict in matters relating to dressage....take hers.

But thanks for the compliment.
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post #28 of 28 Old 12-18-2011, 03:26 PM
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Maura you are far too kind!! I am just on my way to my coaches place where I expect to feel like a peon with no riding experience whatsoever for about 3 weeks. So thank you for the boost!!
It is not easy but I have progressively ruined every horse I've ridden less and less. That's the goal, right? :P
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