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post #1 of 14 Old 08-18-2013, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question Equitation & Dressage

I recently reached out to a dressage expert about improving my seat. She referred me to an instructor who specializes in equitation. What exactly is the difference between dressage and equitation, and how will someone specializing in equitation help me improve my dressage seat?
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-18-2013, 05:25 PM
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From what little I've seen of Equitation classes here I don't think they will improve your seat for dressage
What exactly is she seeing as your problem that cant be fixed with basic dressage lessons?
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She didn't actually see me ride. Where I live, there are very few actual dressage instructors around so she probably just referred me to her because she is the only one taking new students...that's my guess anyway.
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So she didn't have room for you?
Are you having these lessons on your own horse or on a school horse?
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Dressage expert (?) may not have time to fit you into her schedule, or may not give formal lessons. She likely referred you to someone she knows, that knows her stuff, who is more able to help you.
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Dressage expert (?) may not have time to fit you into her schedule, or may not give formal lessons. She likely referred you to someone she knows, that knows her stuff, who is more able to help you.

That's probably it because the dressage instructor only gives lessons to students who have their own horses. This other lady has school horses available.
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The best thing you can do is to book a lesson and go along to see how it goes - then report back here!!!
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Agreed with Jaydee :) Just give it a go and see how she works with you.

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The best thing you can do is to book a lesson and go along to see how it goes - then report back here!!!
Good idea! I have a lesson booked for Wednesday.
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... What exactly is the difference between dressage and equitation, and how will someone specializing in equitation help me improve my dressage seat?
Equitation is the rider's Seat, Legs and arms - i.e. how the rider sits on the horse. Working on proper equitation is the first thing instructors work on with their students (along with control of the horse).

Examples of things an equitation teacher will work on:
  1. Are the legs nice and long with heels down and legs in line with the girth?
  2. Are reins held correctly?
  3. Are elbows bent and used as "shock absorbers" to give and take on the reins?
  4. Is rider sitting up tall (not slouched or humched over)?
  5. Is rider looking straight ahead? (not down, or to the left/right)
  6. Is rider sitting with their weight distributed evenly (not listing to the left or the right) in the saddle?
After the rider starts to develop "muscle memory" for riding in the correct posiition then the instructor starts to teach the rider to be "effective". I.e. you can have the proper equitation but not ride effectively (i.e. make the horse do what you want it to do when you want it to do that movement).

A great instructor teaches both proper equitation and effectiveness.

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