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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