Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
you will need to get a trainer to do dressage, however at the lower levels it is within the ability of most horses.
Basicly if you can get your horse to walk trot and canter in a vague outline and do a circle then you can start with dressage. In the UK we even have affiliated walk and trot tests, no canter required.
The lowest level of proper dressage in the UK is prelim and for that you are required to show, walk, trot and canter, 20m circles in trot and canter. Free walk on a long rein, and I think a couple of half 10m circles in some of the harder tests.
Leg yielding, travers are required at elementary (the order of difficulty goes, prelim, novice, elem)
You don't require half pass untill medium level, with halfpass zigzags required at advanced medium.
Piaffe is not required untill PSG!
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT