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    10-21-2010, 11:00 AM
Green Broke
going to learn!

I am going to learn dressage.
Sounds very hard but the trainer said it's foundation to all riding so I am going to do it. It's $35 an hour to two hours so it's a good deal! My friend takes lessons from her and has mentioned nothing but good so I am excited to learn but imagine my lower body will be sore!
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    10-21-2010, 11:08 AM
I'm a jumper, but I firmly believe in dressage as a basis for all english disciplines. It gets really interesting to look back and see exactly how far you've come, and what you can accomplish.
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    10-21-2010, 11:09 AM
Green Broke
Is there any advice you can give me?
    10-21-2010, 11:18 AM
Be picky about your trainer. Some are good, some are bad. Ask her about her philosophies and make sure she wants to work the horse correctly. You want to hear things like "engage the hindquarter" and "ride back to front". She shouldn't focus on the horses head- your horse will be inverted for a while until he learns to carry himself with his hindquarter, back, and tummy muscles, which is really hard work!
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    10-21-2010, 09:36 PM
I agree with Charis. If the trainer starts imediately focussing on your horses "head set" RUN AWAY!!
The head set should come with little to no real focussing on it so long as the horse is being ridden correctly back to front with engaged hind.
    10-24-2010, 05:23 AM
She teaches Classical dressage....very relaxed,stretching, forwards-downwards,etc. Straight from the spanish riding school! Lots of in hand,walking the line, and topline building! She is a wonderful trainer! No rolkur crap :)
    10-24-2010, 05:55 AM
Woohoo! Decent instructors that don't focus on building the topline first IMO are hard to find. I've found they want them to look pretty straight away rather than get them building the correct muscles and getting them working properly so they can handle all the stresses of dressage in the long run.
    10-24-2010, 05:58 AM
Green Broke
Good luck, I am hopefully going to be taking lessons next year for dressage :)
    10-24-2010, 06:03 AM
Amir...i agree! I am very happy to have found this trainer that is only interested in helping the horse...NOT how he looks. She usually spends a couple years of building the topline on her younger horses before even starting them. Nothing is rushed and everything is done correctly and relaxed. Snd no nasty bits or training devices! Mostly soft sprenger snaffles :) The horses are very happy :) I think gidget will like the lessons from her!

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