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    08-13-2012, 08:25 PM
  #21
Weanling
Dressage really helped me and my first horse connect on a better level. She was famous for flying around the ring and jumping but running away with me until my hands hurt and pulling on me hard. When I started doing beginner dressage classes at the shows with her it consisted of part 1 being a jumping course and part 2 being the pattern course. It totally calmed her issues down alot. Now I'm looking for my dream horse, a nice sized warm blood who is advanced in dressage but not too much. I'll need some lessons myself so I don't get something I can't ride. Learned that the hard way. LOL
     
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    08-14-2012, 02:12 AM
  #22
Foal
I sort of chanced upon Dressage. I didn't want to ride Western any longer, and wanted to ride English. I met a Dressage trainer who would teach me the basics of English, and after watching her ride her upper level horse, I was absolutely hooked.

I've now only shown up to First Level, but have schooled the George. Now that I find myself at a Hunter farm, my flatwork is still of utmost importance, and a lot of my work breaking the horses is making sure they learn the inside leg to outside rein connection.
     
    08-14-2012, 02:26 AM
  #23
Foal
Most of my dressage to date has been done in a western saddle. It's so important for everything. I'm a barrel racer and have wanted to try jumping again for a long time but I need to get better at basics. Plus I really do enjoy it. Also, I moved and have been to every barn in the area and the only barn that I might be able to ride at is a dressage barn. I visited there today and I'm absolutely in love.
     
    08-30-2012, 01:32 AM
  #24
Weanling
I started riding in a regular bi-weekly english coaching program when I was thirteen, but never focused on 'dressage'. It took a couple years to develop a decent seat and from there I went into jumping, competitively as an amateur until I was 19. But during my teenage years I rode with an international eventer who primarily focused/competed in dressage and I benefited a great deal from those years and her knowledge. After that I had a hiatus as I lived in Australia for ten years, but nearly three years ago stumbled upon a horse I truly fell in love with and he crashed through most jumps I put before him, despite his breeding for the sport and 'previous training'! Through and through he was a dressage horse. Not only because he couldn't jump but because his movement was unbelievable. When anyone saw him they gave me a number of a certain dressage coach in town. I adapted for him, and fell in love with the sport too. I've ridden with two wonderful dressage coaches now and I'm excited to see how much Bleriot and I can learn in the time we have together (he has AF - a heart issue). I realize this is being simplistic but I suppose for me, personally, jumping was more about adrenaline and dressage is more about the bond I share with the horse.
     
    08-31-2012, 03:22 PM
  #25
Yearling
I started out at 11 working (for free) driving and riding pony teams getting them ready for others to show. We didn't know much, no formal lessons, and no-one to tell us what we were asking the horses to do couldn't be done...so tried everything. I really loved flying over the jumps, racing thru the woods and barrel racing. Usually bareback. Speed demon I guess.

Then finally I had my own horse, and he had to do everything & anything I wanted. The only thing I didn't do was ride "English" cause my friends and I thought they were sissies wearing a hat and staying in an arena.

Until the one day I was jumping out in the woods in my western saddle and the dratted horn nailed me in the chest. So I decided I would take lessons somewhere to learn how to "do it right".

So, I converted to the jumpers and loved it. Time passed, marriage & kids, no time for horses. Then one day I just went out and bought one. Couldn't stand not riding another minite. Told my husband after the fact LOL.

This habbit of buying horses continued, and more time passed. Then I bought this appaloosa/TB cross mare for my husband to ride so we could ride together. I picked her out for him because she was big, and he was (is) 6'4" tall.

She turned out to be much more horse than he could handle so I took her over. (gee, didn't see that one coming LOL) I discovered that she hated anyone coming anywhere near her too. She would leap out if a horse came within 20 feet of her. This did not make it easy to do the type of showing I was doing and we nearly ran over a judge in one class. BTW he placed us third...

So, still liking the mare, I searched to find a sport where I could ride this mare in a ring, by herself. Low and behold, Dressage! Perfect.

Once I got started, I couldn't quit...I've competed successfully up thru First level, schooling second.Still a long way to go to say I've done it all:)
     
    09-06-2012, 08:16 AM
  #26
Foal
Where I ride, the things work opposite... First they expect from you to ride and then to think or understand. First they expect from you to jump and then to know the dressage basics.

That's briefly my story as well. I was jumping and that's all, no dressage. I was even competing on show jumping, without having dressage lessons.
And one day, I realized that the horse I was riding this period was kind of... half blind. Cataract problem I think, cause she was getting older.

So I quited from jumping and we started dressage, in order to have some specific exercises to do. Since then, I ride dressage mostly because the horses I ride have problems to jump (eyes problem, legs problem, etc) so we do light dressage work and we all are happy.
What I have noticed - of course, is that my jumping has been improved a lot, especially when jumping over 1.10 courses - when I have the chance of such horses.

I like dressage, it's more calm, more demanding in daily basis and more fun at competitions. Jumping is still first in my heart, but I enjoy both types of riding equally now :)
     
    09-06-2012, 08:38 AM
  #27
Green Broke
Might be why Greece is not seen as competative internationaly.
Dressage is the basics of everything, the TOP UK showjumpers spend more time schooling on the flat then they do over fences.
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    09-06-2012, 08:57 AM
  #28
Foal
No, I don't think that's the problem. I mean, we do have riders on Balkan and European championships, children, young and adults. Dressage is the second sport after showjumping, in greek equestrian federation.

The problem I think is the attitude. Majority (not all) of riders care only for the show part of the riding, not understanding the essentials. And so, this is requested from the trainners - and that's how the trend has been formed.
Let them ride trot and canter, start jumping some cavalleti, and make them believe they are ready for getting a licence to compete. Make them buy an automatic horse, and the job is done. Customer/rider happy. For a while at least.

It's not fair for those in Greece who do good job on schooling, what I am describing, because as I wrote before, we do have some - not many though, people doing very good work while teaching us.

But I always envy those kids who can ride perfectly well the small dressage tests and then move to jumping and have this lovely perflect 2-points jumping possition. I hope that if I have learned riding the same way (first flat basics and then jumping) I would have better sitting and jumping position.
^_^
     
    09-14-2012, 05:00 PM
  #29
Foal
I got into Dressage by pure chance. I was 14 and wanting to get into horses. I'm from a very non-horsey family, though they supported me in whatever I wanted to do. So with encouraging from my mom I looked up in the phone book for farms. Searching through it I found horse breeding. Figured it'd be fun to learn how to handle foals and the like. Called them up, and found out they do a volunteer for riding lessons program. And that riding was Dressage :) I learned a lot while working/riding there. I've trained from the ground up, ridden her I1 horse (who sadly sustained tears in his DDT and had to be put down after he continued to re-injure it), but only got to show as high as First Level. I had a new horse every year to show since she believed in leasing horses rather than having my family purchase one. I learned to ride a lot of different types of horses, and I wouldn't change a single thing about it :)
     

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