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post #1 of 15 Old 11-24-2010, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage Lessons?

Hi all,

I am new to the forum. This is my first post...

I am fairly new to riding..being riding since May 2010 and ride 4 times a week. I can w/t/c and go over baby jumps. I am an adult rider and have a full time job...

The thing is..I am riding hunter right now 4 times a week. It includes 2 lessons and 2 practice rides. I found a really good dressage instructor who let me ride her high level dressage horse who was trained up to Prix St. George. I went on my first dressage lesson and did fairly well..but I know that dressage and hunter are pretty different...although dressage is the basis of all riding principles IMO. The private dressage lesson with her is about $55 and so that's $220 per month.

Here is my question:
1) Do you think having dressage lessons will help my riding or will hinder my riding since I am fairly new and still learning hunter/jumping?

2) I don't have my own horse and my only expenses are lessons. But if taking dressage lessons, I will be spending $400 to $500 per month...? How does it compare to other horse owners?

Many thanks to all your input in advance,

Becky
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-24-2010, 01:06 PM
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Welcome joppar!

I would say take the lessons, even if it isnt once a week. It shouldnt really hinder you, as they are two different disciplines. Riding with the dressage coach might help give you a bit more finesse and a better handle on things. Besides...everyone uses little d dressage in every day riding.


I love my hunter coach, but I also find when it comes to more dressage based stuff, she doesnt teach it as well as a dressage person would.

I went to a eventing/dressage coach and it was $56.25 (cdn) including tax, for one lesson.

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post #3 of 15 Old 11-24-2010, 01:31 PM
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Yes, take as many lessons as you can. You don't need to take them necessarly every week per se, maybe take one or two every two weeks and apply what you learn to your own horse, if you have one and are able to ride it. The good thing is, dressage is benefital to all disiplines of riding. I use dressage pinciples on my western/barrel horses. Good luck!
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post #4 of 15 Old 11-24-2010, 01:32 PM
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That is low cost for a lesson! I pay $75 for my instructor on my own horse. You are very fortunate to only pay $55 plus get the experience of a upper level horse to ride.

Good Dressage principals will help you in any riding style you would want to try...go for it!
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post #5 of 15 Old 11-24-2010, 01:59 PM
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Hopefully annebel comes and posts in here as I believe she rides at a fairly high level of dressage, and pays a fair bit for lessons.

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@AnitaAnne: You are right. I know how lucky I am to find this trainer. I guess it's approaching winter and also the economy so she happens to have openings. My mom took lessons at her stable before and had to go with another trainer because my trainer was booked. I know how hard to find a reliable/articulate/knowledgable trainer.

My two reasons of taking dressage lessons are 1. Incorporating dreesage into my riding...since I am new and not sure which (hunter/dressage/eventing) I like the most. 2. I ride my mom's event horse ( training level) on a weekly basis..just don't want to ride him badly. My dressage trainer said I can trailer him in and it will be $45 if use own horse.

As for the cost...I wonder why I pick one of the most expensive hobbies...? :)
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Dressage lessons are totally worth it. Dressage is all about learning the mechanics of riding and thus are applied to every other discipline in riding in some way shape or form. They can only aid you in your hunter/jumper lessons, no hindering there.
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post #8 of 15 Old 11-24-2010, 02:43 PM
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@AnitaAnne: You are right. I know how lucky I am to find this trainer. I guess it's approaching winter and also the economy so she happens to have openings. My mom took lessons at her stable before and had to go with another trainer because my trainer was booked. I know how hard to find a reliable/articulate/knowledgable trainer.

My two reasons of taking dressage lessons are 1. Incorporating dreesage into my riding...since I am new and not sure which (hunter/dressage/eventing) I like the most. 2. I ride my mom's event horse ( training level) on a weekly basis..just don't want to ride him badly. My dressage trainer said I can trailer him in and it will be $45 if use own horse.

As for the cost...I wonder why I pick one of the most expensive hobbies...? :)
Well, I have heard that flying a plane might cost more than a horse

I would start with the trainer's horse then try your own horse. Or maybe go every other week on each. The more you ride the better you get.

Yes, the economy has helped reduce the cost of horses and lessons somewhat...when I started with my instructor she was $50 & I thought that was a lot, but it is true, you get what you pay for! I would rather have one really good lesson than 20 poor quality ones. I wasted a whole year of my life on an instructor that was all talk & no action!
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post #9 of 15 Old 11-24-2010, 02:47 PM
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Welcome to the forum!

OK. Here is my experience... I have my own horses and started lessons with very good dressage instructor 3 months ago (before I was taking lessons with eventing instructor). The changes are visible in both horses AND me (my seat, legs, hands) (you can check my recent thread Under new dressage instructor... ). Unfortunately I can only afford 1 lesson/week (as it's costly + 1 hour drive one way), but it worth every penny (I wish I could take 2/week). So personally I'd say go for it if you can afford financially.

P.S. $55/private dressage lessons is not bad at all, at least in my area!
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post #10 of 15 Old 11-24-2010, 03:32 PM
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Dressage lessons are likely to help you develop a steadier seat and a softer hand so that you feel more secure riding jumps and so on. I definitely relish my dressage lessons. Fortunately I'm just now getting to the experience level that my instructors are willing to give me free advice if I work with some of their horses... and as a broke college student it's a benefit for all of us!

This is after many many many years of paying $50-60 for lesson after lesson however, so don't feel like you're being jipped... it's well well worth it and if you keep at it I'm sure you can get to the level that you don't have to pay to ride... or you might even be paid to ride!

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