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post #1 of 7 Old 06-23-2011, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 7 Old 06-23-2011, 11:45 AM
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I'd subscribed to Jane Savoi videos (they are free): Dressage Lessons & Classical Dressage Trainer For Horseback Riding : Janesavoie's Another suggestion I have is to take videos of your training/progress and post them for critique.

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-23-2011, 12:29 PM
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there is also a movie thing like netflix, called giddyupflix.com and you rent movies. I agree with the Jane Savoie training, I currently have probably 10 of her "happy horse" videos ready to rent and be sent to me lol. Its a wealth of knowledge on this little movie rental thing! I don't have access to any GOOD dressage trainers in my area...for a decent price anyway, so im learning on my own. I've always ridden h/j as well but my mare needs a lot of flat work training and balance etc. Check it out though, I couldnt be happier witht he choices. I just signed up for it so I havent gotten any videos yet but I can't wait until I get Janes on contact, then connection, then suppleness, then impulsion and the list goes on and on as to what just jane has to offer lol

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The Art of Classical Riding--Dressage Training for Horse and Rider

I've found some very good info on this site. Also, the book "Build a Better Athlete" has 20 (I think) exercises in it, that while not pure dressage based, are very good for getting a horse supple and listening to the rider's seat.

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thanks a ton for the help everyone!

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post #6 of 7 Old 06-25-2011, 05:22 AM
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hey im really isolated where I am & don't have access to a trainer, I was lucky enough to be a working pupil for a grand prix rider and then went on to train in germany, even with that I still find it really hard without eyes on the ground helping me, but is is possible, I uses the 101 dressage exeercises book, just ti give give myself little challenges, see that my horse is on track and get ideas for schooling exerciesse. Remember all dressage is is being able to have the horse using its body and as a rider having a horse responsive enough to be abloe to control energy, speed, and direction...

Check out my blog www.wildhorseproject.blogspot.com lol theses are my latest dressage prospects
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-27-2011, 11:19 PM
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I would try to go and watch a good dressage trainer give lessons or even audit some clinics. Especially observe the rider/horses most similar to you and your horse and then apply what you've learned. I'm a more visual person so this is what I would try if I were in your position.

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