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post #11 of 13 Old 08-13-2013, 11:25 AM
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Kind of a newbie here as well. I have ridden horses and done some pony club and on and off lessons for over 30 years. Over the past five or so years I thought I was learning dressage until I started with my current coach a few months ago. Apparently, I have over 30 years of terrible habits to fix but I am now starting for feel like I am really learning something and becoming a much better rider.

In a few short months, I am amazed at how technical dressage is (and I love it!) and at how well my Arab gelding responds. I always thought the talent and training of the horse was the limiting factor in riding dressage, but I have humbly learned my horse can do anything I ask (lower levels of course) provided I ride him correctly and give the right cues. Hopefully next spring I will be brave enough to try a few training shows and then we will go from there.
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-13-2013, 01:21 PM
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Kind of a newbie here as well. I have ridden horses and done some pony club and on and off lessons for over 30 years. Over the past five or so years I thought I was learning dressage until I started with my current coach a few months ago. Apparently, I have over 30 years of terrible habits to fix but I am now starting for feel like I am really learning something and becoming a much better rider.

In a few short months, I am amazed at how technical dressage is (and I love it!) and at how well my Arab gelding responds. I always thought the talent and training of the horse was the limiting factor in riding dressage, but I have humbly learned my horse can do anything I ask (lower levels of course) provided I ride him correctly and give the right cues. Hopefully next spring I will be brave enough to try a few training shows and then we will go from there.
It's always a bit humbling when your instructor changes one tiny little thing and your horse does something you had no idea he was even capable of! Been there done that, I'm sure not for the last time either xD Even my greenie somehow knows more than what I've taught him. And I'm the only one that's ever been on him lol
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-13-2013, 09:56 PM
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I'm also a dressage newbie and feel your pain.

My instructor is having me do all kinds of weird stuff like riding with only one stirrup? What's that all about?

Also I'm supposed to roll my shoulders backwards while holding the reigns perfectly still - seems impossible but she can do it (she demonstrated)!

The newest thing that she's having all of her students do is ride on the inside track of the arena so that we are forced to use our outside leg to keep the horse from drifting back to the outside track. Of course the horses are inclined to head straight for the outside track so it's quite an interesting challenge!

The other stuff is pretty standard: ride without stirrups, stretch legs, arm circles, riding stretchy circles in the trot etc.
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