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post #11 of 28 Old 11-13-2010, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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I do plan to stay in endurance, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to learn a little dressage
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post #12 of 28 Old 11-13-2010, 01:46 PM
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Guess what - you're already doing basic level dressage :) If you can walk, trot, canter, you are doing lower level dressage.

But I have to agree with Spyder, if you are doing Endurance - your focus should be on that. Your conditioning, your endurance, stamina of the heart and lungs and continuing on with that aspect.

The answer to your question - any horse can do low level dressage. But your mare is built for the sport your are doing.

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post #13 of 28 Old 11-13-2010, 02:45 PM
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She is very cute :) I think she would work great for endurance riding! I have to agree with some of the other posts, she looks like she would do very well in dressage! Best of luck with her!
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post #14 of 28 Old 11-13-2010, 03:00 PM
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I think your focus should NOT just be on endurance - your plan to cross train in lower level dressage is a great one. Learning to carry themselves better is of great benefit to an endurance horse. You learning a more classically correct position will also make it easier for her to carry you those miles.
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post #15 of 28 Old 11-13-2010, 03:38 PM
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haha well I actually compete in endurance and im hoping to get to 75 miles next year.
Just wondering, are you starting out with a 75 mile trip or have you been doing Intro Endurance Miles for any length of time?


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My honest thoughts are, with a properly fitted saddle, correctly placed (yours is too far forward in this photo), and a dressage coach - it would only help your endurance riding to do some dressage. There is nothing about your mare that says to me "can't do it"... what I do see is a need to teach this horse to find better balance; however, she won't ever find that balance if the rider is put so far out of position by the saddle or if the saddle doesn't fit correctly.

Dressage basically means "good training" - it's purpose is to help your horse become better balanced, more flexible as well as more responsive. ANY horse should be working towards these goals whenever you ride, but schooling specific "dressage" patterns will help condition your horse and, done properly, will make the endurance training that much stronger.
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post #17 of 28 Old 11-13-2010, 11:45 PM
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Just wondering, are you starting out with a 75 mile trip or have you been doing Intro Endurance Miles for any length of time?
Question answered here.

Endurance

Any horse can do dressage but from what you have been posting it seems that your ideas are bigger than the reality of what is required to do Endurance or Dressage to the safety and condition requirements of your horse.

If you have only done 1 25 mile ride and expect to do a 75 mile ride next year then as one person posted on the other thread it will take a lot of time and effort to condition your horse for endurance. Dressage does not require the wind conditioning that an endurance horse requires but DOES require a certain muscular structure 9 ends up as weight if done correctly) that is not that helpful for endurance and in both cases each discipline requires a certain dedication to make the horse work well in either.
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Spyder: (and correct me if I'm wrong) But I believe your point is that she won't be able to be competitive in both simultaneously?? I would definitely agree with that as they require very different focuses.

OP: I think that doing some simple, basic dressage work will be great for you. Learning how to properly work with your horse can be a valuable tool on the trail. Obviously you want to keep your focus on the conditioning, but if you have the time/commitment to do some dressage lessons as well, then go for it! I'd make sure you do a lot of good conditioning (preferably with an experienced endurance rider helping you) and some more 25/30 mile rides, and then probably a few 50/60s before you do anything longer...again, having someone with more experience to help you would be a HUGE benefit so that you can do this safely and make sure your horse is truly fit for the distance you're asking of him/her. You really don't want to try 75 on a horse that isn't ready. It could be very dangerous.

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post #19 of 28 Old 11-14-2010, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Oh no, lol 75 is my goal that I'm working towards. That is what I want my end result to be. I'm working her slowly towards it. And thanks for all the posts, this has been very helpful. And I appreciate everyone not being rude at all toward my horse and I. :)
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I think your focus should NOT just be on endurance - your plan to cross train in lower level dressage is a great one. Learning to carry themselves better is of great benefit to an endurance horse. You learning a more classically correct position will also make it easier for her to carry you those miles.
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I agree with this! Dressage is good for every horse & rider! You will learn a lot to benefit your horse, plus it is never good to only do one thing with a horse, trail riders should do ring work & Dressage riders should do trails. That is the idea of eventing...

Very cute horse! I have seen many Arabs compete in Dressage & do well. Even if you never compete, you will enjoy the closeness with your horse, helping you to work together. Don't let anyone discourage you from trying!
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