Help! Lessons on a Grand Prix schoolmaster

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    04-11-2012, 09:21 AM
Help! Lessons on a Grand Prix schoolmaster

Hi, im new to dressage & i've recently been taking lessons on a grand prix schoolmaster, I was wondering if anyone has any tips for learning to ride dressage on such a light, responsive & well trained horse?

I find the aids I am learning to use & want to apply arn't coming on strong enough & are incorrect at times (i am trying, just very new to all this) & I'm pressing many buttons with aids I'm not aware i'm even doing.

Has anyone ever experienced this? I've had eight lessons & am still making many mistakes. Any advice is appreciated :)
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    04-11-2012, 09:31 AM
Just eight lessons and you are so worried about pushing the wrong buttons?

It's commendable that you are so focused on doing it right, but relax. It takes time to refine your aids.

What kind of feedback are you getting from your trainer?
    04-11-2012, 09:40 AM
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Have you had 8 lessons in total, or eight lessons on this particular horse?
IMO, if its 8 lessons in total, I would switch to a school horse that isn't so well trained for a number of reasons.

Training to that level the horses tend to be a lot more refined, and can be 'hotter' under saddle making the job for a rider more difficult.

If its 8 on this horse, and you have some previous experience, I would crack on with it with your trainer and ask what can be done to help improve yourself in the saddle. The beauty with school masters, some of them, is they won't do it till you get it right.

Sounds like you have a fantastic opportunity either way, and I'm very jealous!
    04-11-2012, 12:02 PM
Hi, I've had 8 dressage lessons in total 7 on this horse & one on one of the other schoolmasters.

My trainer is great & said that things will start to come together, and they are, just very slowly - there is just so much to learn... & it's extreme multi tasking!

It's also frustrating not being good at something automatically, don't get me wrong though, its a really great challenge & I can't wait to start progressing through the levels.

DuffyDuck, your right, she is very refined & sensitive, she does exactly what you ask for, she definitely shows the riders flaws. And right now im asking for, wobbly, dog boning & "yep, I don't know what I'm doing, please take advantage" & so on haha.

I'm frustrating her in some lessons with my confusion, but I guess theres a bit of frustration from all parties involved when someones learning a new skill.
I have some fleeting moments of how things should be going & i'm sure that the more lessons I have the more of those "moments" will happen & it should all come together *fingers crossed*

I do feel very lucky to be learning at such a top class facility with the best trainers & horses. I'm really glad I've invested the money I had saved for a horse into these lessons. I'm learning so much.

Thanks for the replies
    04-13-2012, 05:55 AM
Does anyone know of any books or DVDs that tell & show you how to ride the movements, like if you want to do a 10 metre circle, I would like to know every aid & body movement that needs to happen along with what's happening with the horse at the same time & then how to expand your circle using what aids & body movements & so on. Is there anything like that?
    04-13-2012, 11:58 AM
Good question BlueIce, i'm not sure if there is as i've seen so many different ways that people will cue their horse (even if there IS one particularly correct way).

I will say I am jealous of you getting to ride and take lessons on a school master. *sigh*
    04-14-2012, 07:20 AM
Aaah... very true crimsonsky, I didn't think of that. Hmmm it would be good if there was something though.

Yep, I'm pretty lucky :) the trainers are highly trained & skilled & so are the horses, some of them are Haute Ecole, & can do a Levade!

And the mare I ride does the Spanish walk, I must admit... It is pretty cool. I just wish I knew what I was doing haha.
    04-14-2012, 09:06 AM
Wow, how weird, I just got this email. Too bad I'm in Aus.


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