Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Southern California
Dressage training without a trainer
I have a horse on trial with me for the next few months. I am seriously thinking about buying him on his jumping scope, courage, kindness, and the fact that he's a little hot. However, he's really quite green and i would love to get him solid with his flat work before we start jumping the big stuff.
Now with all of that said, i don't have any access to a dressage trainer where i train. It's all hunters and jumpers exclusively. If i wanted ACTUAL dressage training, i would have to trailer him out to a different barn... which is not possible considering i don't own a trailer. haha!
I've been riding for about 20 years and had some really great dressage trainers when i was younger, but i worry that with what little i remember of the discipline, i will just confuse him or push him into things he's not ready for. (i.e. changes, the frame, etc)
Does anyone have any good ideas for a decent dressage foundation without the use of a trainer? Videos, articles, anything!?
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