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post #11 of 37 Old 10-02-2009, 02:41 PM
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I agree with Spyder, it appears your school is rather lacking. I feel bad for that poor horse. It's not your fault, like you said, you think he should be retired, but the school should know that and retire him. You seem to have better sense than the school does, so is there any other place around you can go to to ride? That would give you better instruction on horses that were better cared for?

And like everyone said, don't give up on dressage, it really is fun. It's like taking a dance class with your horse, you become so much more in tune to each other, and you'll accomplish things you never thought possible. Good luck in your future horse endeavors. =]

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post #12 of 37 Old 10-02-2009, 07:56 PM
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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.
Ummmm ok, Don't know where you're from but I can tell you, you don't see horses going nuts and leaping out of the arena as a frequent occurance in Aus. This was clearly just a riding school or pony club style event. Official dressage days are NOT like this. I find it very offensive that you pretend to know what goes on here, obviously the stories you've heard are from other lower grade events.
As I said above, I've had my horse leave the arena before, purely my doing, I had ridden the best test of my life, moments lapse in concentration with the arena was not shut up, riding a very marey mare with friends in the warmup arena and we're out.
I have only even seen one horse leave the arena where I am, and South Aus is probably one of the most casual dressage areas in the country other than NT and WA. There are a hell of a lot of excellent riders out here, we've had a few over in Germany and other parts of Eurpoe training, and also have received fantastic comments from overseas trainers coming over to conduct clinics.
Don't go around spreading your ASSUMPTION that Australia is all about badly behaved horses and riders with no education as this is simply not true. We've beaten the US and plenty of other countries in large scale dressage comps a number of times before and we'll do it again as the quality of Australian dressage continues to improve.
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Don't worry. Attached is the test I did my first time.
Thats great!


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I started riding in Aussie. The place I rode at was very good all the horses were well kept and happy, they had correctly fitting gear etc and my instructor was very good. She was german and taught very well was strict and got the basics well sorted. Not all places are bad but what you said above really scares me. If all the ponys are pigrooting and bolting out of the arena it sounds like the horses are unhappy. It may be a good idea to look into finding a better place to ride that can give you the correct basics that will be the foundation of all your future riding. It scares me that you couldnt keep your horse under controll in a dressage arena but you say that you jump? jumping shouldnt happen untill you have the solid foundation in dressage at all 3 paces with indepent seat and hands and be able to have your horse under controll on the flat.
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I think your riding school sounds very. . uneducated, I guess? I can't really think of a word for it.
I have been riding for 4+ years and starting working on my first dressage test last year. I practiced for around three months and it was very diffacult. It was suppousedly an "easy" test and only walk trot- but it was much harder than I thought! I'd been planning to show my instructor's horse, and though he is an amazing mover, he was not so found of dressage. :P We ended up not entering (missed the entry deadline), but from that experience, I found it really surprising when you said you only tried dressage for the first time the day before!? We practice dressage every time we ride, of course, so I'm assuming you meant dressage tests or something like that.. anyways, I just don't understand how you could have possibly been expected to do well after simply one day of practice. O.O

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But he was very slow for the whole gymkhana. Even his canter lacked speed...
... Wait a second. I thought you said it was a dressage competetion? -is confused-

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Ummmm ok, Don't know where you're from but I can tell you, you don't see horses going nuts and leaping out of the arena as a frequent occurance in Aus. This was clearly just a riding school or pony club style event. Official dressage days are NOT like this. I find it very offensive that you pretend to know what goes on here, obviously the stories you've heard are from other lower grade events.
As I said above, I've had my horse leave the arena before, purely my doing, I had ridden the best test of my life, moments lapse in concentration with the arena was not shut up, riding a very marey mare with friends in the warmup arena and we're out.
I have only even seen one horse leave the arena where I am, and South Aus is probably one of the most casual dressage areas in the country other than NT and WA. There are a hell of a lot of excellent riders out here, we've had a few over in Germany and other parts of Eurpoe training, and also have received fantastic comments from overseas trainers coming over to conduct clinics.
Don't go around spreading your ASSUMPTION that Australia is all about badly behaved horses and riders with no education as this is simply not true. We've beaten the US and plenty of other countries in large scale dressage comps a number of times before and we'll do it again as the quality of Australian dressage continues to improve.
This is the first I heard about horses leaving but I have posted on several boards including Australian one.

Running martingales, boots, polo and unbraided manes seem to be the norm for the lower level schooling shows.

There even one post with pictures of the dirtest horse in the ring I have ever seen and when I question it I was told that it was no big deal and that it was only a schooling show.

When I read posts from people from that country that show they care about what they look like and that the level does not make a difference in attitude....then and only then will I change my opinion.
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It scares me that you couldnt keep your horse under controll in a dressage arena but you say that you jump? jumping shouldnt happen untill you have the solid foundation in dressage at all 3 paces with indepent seat and hands and be able to have your horse under controll on the flat.
ShowJumpLife, I really take offense from that. I can control my horse on the flat. I did my best. He is 28 years old. He'd been getting ridden alot the day before and then was expected to get up at 6am to be groomed for two hours and then ridden all day again. If I had lost control of it too much I wouldn't have even finished the test.
Yes I was jumping. 2 weeks after the dressage and the pony I was riding was very easy to work with.
We have quite a few bad behaved horses at the moment as the club have been buying younger horses since loads of the horses need retiring, but some of the horses a really young and are testing the boundaries.
Sadly I can't change club as it is the only one in my town, and I have to sit in the car for half an hour to get to it.
I stay on the older horses, I never go on the young spirited horses at all. I agree with the club being a bit uneducated, but we only have one riding instructor who is barely there and the rest are parents helpers who feed the horses on the weekdays...My club lacks alot, but not all Australia's riding clubs do...

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To quote Kayty....
Don't go around spreading your ASSUMPTION that Australia is all about badly behaved horses and riders with no education as this is simply not true. We've beaten the US and plenty of other countries in large scale dressage comps a number of times before and we'll do it again as the quality of Australian dressage continues to improve.



Talking about assumptions......When did you move to the US, Spyder?

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... Wait a second. I thought you said it was a dressage competetion? -is confused-

The first comp was a dressage comp, but it was a gymkhana. We also did barrell racing, polebending, A few tiny jumps(barely off the ground), western bending and a few other little games.

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