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    07-04-2013, 02:53 AM
The Dressage Newbie

Hi everyone!

I'm not sure if this already exists or not, but I just wanted to start a new thread where dressage newbies like myself can talk about their horses, their lessons, what they are working on or struggling with, how mean and torturous their trainers are...

Feel free to share anything you'd like, lets keep it friendly and constructive. I think it would be great to have a thread where we could ask questions and give advice. Either that, or we could just complain and commiserate with each other.

I just had my second dressage lesson today and oh lordy, I am feeling it tonight! My trainer was teaching me about lateral movements and I spent about 25 of the 30 minute lesson in a posting trot. Not a huge deal, I guess, but for someone who hasn't done that much posting in about 16 years, it was tough! I was huffing and puffing and sweating up a storm by the end of the lesson. My legs and lower back are so sore now! Good thing I have a few days off of work!

I keep thinking about the awesome legs and backside I will have in a few months and it makes the pain a little more tolerable.

So what about you guys? What are you up to?
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    07-04-2013, 08:57 AM
I was a dressage newbie about a year and a half ago. I came back to riding after 15 years away (I stopped riding in high school when I found boyfriends because I'm an idiot). Oh my god, at first I was just the worst! I have a video of my first dressage lesson and it is a sad state of affairs - my leg yield was like a car drift. Like you, I was huffing and puffing and generally dying. Things were frustrating for a very long time and sometimes it was incredibly discouraging because I knew how things were supposed to feel but I couldn't make them happen.

Now things are totally different - all the crapiness is worth it for sure.
    07-04-2013, 12:37 PM
I went away from riding in high school, too. Then a few more years after that, all together it was probably about 8 years. I leased trail horses for a few years until I got my horse, Riley, about 2 years ago. I haven't really asked much of him until a few weeks ago when we started our lessons. He is an ex-eventer so all of this dressage business is in him already, I just need to get him back into shape.

This style of riding is so foreign to me. I learned how to ride on a cattle farm, there was nothing subtle or graceful about it! I'm surprised at how fast I am learning, though. I thought I would have struggled a lot more.
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    07-24-2013, 06:44 PM
Gotta love when we expect our bodies to do what they used to do with no training again, I am totally guilty of it myself. If I am pushing it too much my sacral area gets so sore! I had no idea I had muscles there! Take your time! Its not a race. Harder to do than say I know
    08-04-2013, 01:28 AM
Sort of a newbie. Well, this past year has been my first consistent year of dressage lessons in a long time! Once my new horse is sound again (sigh) I'm going to get her started in dressage. She's only a barrel horse right it'll be quite a change. But she's awesome so I'm excited.
    08-07-2013, 02:44 PM
Hi all :)

I'm totally a Newbie to dressage, even after taking lessons for 6 months now >.< But I'm starting from scratch with a totally green horse- he was broke 1 year ago now. So not only do I have to learn everything, but I have to train my horse to it too. It's slow going but I think we'll make a great team next year. Who knows, we're going to our first schooling show at the end of this month, maybe we'll do better than I expect :)
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    08-07-2013, 02:53 PM
I've been riding dressage to the point of showing Intro and Training Levels but am still a green as proverbial grass dressage rider. My last horse, who started out very promising, was a stubborn son of gun plus we were in and out of training due to navicular issues.

In my search for a new dressage prospect I am staying away from 100% green and heading for something with a little more training in the hopes they can move me up a little but then we can approach the higher levels together. I also realize as I ride these better trained horses, however, that I ache when I get done..loftier movements, more rolling canter...Not only is my balance in and out but trying to post normally in a trot that throws you to the moon (as opposed to my last horse's nice flat trot) and trying to sit that rolling canter..yep, I feel it :). I am going to take out stock in Motrin....
    08-07-2013, 02:57 PM
Originally Posted by disastercupcake    
Hi all :)

I'm totally a Newbie to dressage, even after taking lessons for 6 months now >.< But I'm starting from scratch with a totally green horse- he was broke 1 year ago now. So not only do I have to learn everything, but I have to train my horse to it too. It's slow going but I think we'll make a great team next year. Who knows, we're going to our first schooling show at the end of this month, maybe we'll do better than I expect :)
Best of luck with the schooling'd be amazed how much the little (or is that big) stinkers can surprise you and put in a performance (a good one) you never though you would get. My goal at the first schooling show with my last horse was just to get him through the test without him jumping out of his skin at everything...made an idiot of myself at the last salute..he was so good I burst into happy tears :) Of course THEN he shied as we approached the judges stand for the end of test chat..:)
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    08-07-2013, 04:49 PM
Yes fitness is a big part of dressage.

And it gets worse!!

Of course then you are inevitably at a show when it is in the 90s (not normal for here) and ride in the afternoon (because the upper levels can't possibly be scheduled in the AM) and when purchasing your tails - you were being a complete curmudgeon and decided that the wool coats lie soooo much nicer than the technical fabric coats.
When in the test - you will be very thankful for all the hot yoga you've ever done in your life. Because of course the horse does not want to be frolicing in the heat so you get to ride 10-30% harder to make up for it.

Wonderful sport it is...
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    08-12-2013, 02:39 PM
Smile Newbie times 2!

I have a young horse newly trained-he has only been home for a little over a week. I will be riding him mostly western dressage, but the moves are basically the same, only in a western saddle. It is very difficult mind frame to get in to- I have always ridden western riding, pleasure, trail class, reining, and now I am finding my horse knows more than me I have actually made a create sheet book to carry with me about which leg goes where while which hand is raising, lowering, turning, closing......sometimes I just have to stop and regroup. I agree with the about posts about aches and pains- I didn't know all those muscles existed!! I have only had a few lessons with him so, practice, ouch, practice, ouch, practice!! and then take an Advil or two!!!

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