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    10-01-2009, 10:01 PM
First Dressage Comp I've ever done=Embarrassing.

So my riding club had a horse camp on these holidays. It went for 2 days and we did several different comps. I was assigned to my fave club horse Sonnett, so I was very happy. The first day we practiced all the competitions and the second we plaited all the horses manes and tails and put them look really nice. Sonnett looked amazing. I was so thrilled that all my hard work had paid off! The judge said he was the best looking in my whole group, which made me so proud. He had those little bally-type plaits that proffesional dressage riders put in their horses manes and he had a really nice plait in his tail that stopped a quarter way down and then I did another, which before the dressage test, I pulled out and he had beautiful crimps. So he looked so handsome, but boy was he grumpy. He is about 28years old and needs to be retired and I wouldn't be suprised if he was sore and tired from all the practising the day before. So when I did his girth up near the dressage arena(he hates his girth being done up, he tries to bite you or kick you) he swung around and tried to bite me. I put my hand up in warning and he backed off, then I went to the other side of the saddle to run down that stirrup, and while I was walking in front of him, he lashed out and tried to bite me again. Luckily he had his bridle tightened and the thing some horses have that keeps the horses mouth shut made him not be able to get his teeth around my arm. My friend Tahlia saw what he did and then came over to hold his head. So then when I finally got mounted and comfortable we had to warm up. Getting him to walk was the biggest mission ever, when I tried trotting he kept tripping, but he didn't have anything in his shoes as I had already checked them and he wasn't lame either.
When I went in for my official dressage test was the worst bit ever. Everyone in the club watched as I tried to walk him into the center in a straight line, which he swerved, then I tried to halt him for 3 seconds, which he started to walk again. Then I had to walk forward again to the end where I started trotting in a circle. He did trot, but he didn't want to go where I wanted him to. He fought with me through both of the circles and then we had to go up the other end and do another two circles in trotting. This was the worst bit. Sonnett decided he wanted to go out of the ring and so he shot out of the ring. Not once, but twice! Then my riding instructor came over and told me that I had done really well trying to keep him under control(which I don't believe at all) and she told me to finish it on a good note by taking him for a canter along the dressage fence, and so I did. He responded as though he were a different horse. He listened to my commands after that canter, but too late, my dressage test was finished. Believe it or not, but I came 2nd in my group as half the groups horses started pigrooting or sidestepping and they apparently didn't control their horses as well as me.
I was so embarrassed, and I really don't want to do dressage again. I'm too impatient for that kind of stuff and Sonnett didn't like it either. 2 two's don't make a plus.(if you get what I mean).
But he was very slow for the whole gymkhana. Even his canter lacked speed...
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    10-01-2009, 10:43 PM
Dont give up on dressage, sounds like Sonnett was just having an off day!! We can't have a great day EVERY time we compete.
Almost every time I go out I have something embarassing happen haha!

For instance, at the State Championships earlier in the year, I was in the middle of the BEST test I've ever ridden, Holly was going so beautifully for me and I just about had it in the bag. Lost my focus as I turned onto the short side to go down the centre line and of course, my mare jumps sideways out of the arena getting us eliminated!!!!! Looking at the scores, I would have come 2nd in that test on 75.6%, which was in front of many of the well known riders and horses also in the test.

Last year I was re-educating a ladies ottb gelding for her, and he was going so well at home that I took him out to his first dressage comp. Apparently somewhere along the way to the show ground he got his gear box stuck in reverse...The whole warmup was spent going backwards!! Had to get led up to the judges box because he continued to back away from the arena, then he turned around and aimed a kick at the judge's car... missed it by a whisker!!
    10-01-2009, 10:52 PM
Don't worry. Attached is the test I did my first time.
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    10-01-2009, 11:58 PM
Lol, haha. Do you just go A, then B, then C... I've never read a dressage thing before ^^

Kayty, wow, I suppose I should give it another go. I just really don't think dressage is me. I think pole bending, barrel racing and a tiny bit of jumping is for me
    10-02-2009, 12:21 AM
Tayz, in a dressage test the arena is set with letters as markers as you can see from the diagram above, in a 60x20m arena thought there are more letters. The test sheet usually goes something like enter at A, halt at X, track left at C, lengthen H-F..... (with more detail than that obviously, but just to show they don't just go A B C haha!)

Dressage is worth sticking at, even if you don't compete, it's good to practice it and have some lessons now and then with a good coach, it improves your horse so much!!
    10-02-2009, 12:47 AM
Yeah, I'll defiently have another go at it, but I am confnused about one thing.
The day before the actual comp was the first time I had ever tried dressage and most of what my instructor was trying to teach me confused be. Like sitting down in trotting for 2 bounces. I don't understand why we have to change legs, what's wrong with the legs they are already on(lol that sounds weird )
I'm not really sure if dressage is my thing. Of course, I'll defiently try it again on an actual dressage horse. I like basic flat work though. I find that fun, just cantering around
Sonnett's not actually my horse, he's the club's horse. I sadly don't own a horse(yet).
    10-02-2009, 01:10 AM
Originally Posted by Tayz    
Believe it or not, but I came 2nd in my group as half the groups horses started pigrooting or sidestepping and they apparently didn't control their horses as well as me.
You were lucky you placed for leaving the ring should have eliminated you (even in the low level schoolings shows).
    10-02-2009, 01:19 AM
Lol yeah, it's only because all the other kids horse and ponies started bucking and pigrooting and they left the arena several more times then me. Sonnett didn't buck or pigroot and I apparently kept him under control so I got 2nd. Coz my friend ,Mary, rode a fat, lazy horse that probaly wouldn't know how to fight the rein lol. And so she was the only one who didn't go out of the arena.
    10-02-2009, 08:41 AM
No offence but it sounds like you need to change riding schools what you have said above is just shocking to me..
    10-02-2009, 11:47 AM
Originally Posted by ShowJumpLife    
no offence but it sounds like you need to change riding schools what you have said above is just shocking to me..

Sounds like the instructors have no idea what dressage is or how to teach it.

I find unfortunately that this lack of decent training results in injury and many times a serious dislike to a discipline they were never properly introduced to.

It does appear that Australia is extrememly lax about anything to do with this discipline as I hear stories like this a lot .....all from Aussieland.

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