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post #1 of 12 Old 04-16-2014, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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Nervous about First Dressage Lesson ever

On April 29 Im gunna be takig my first dressage lesson ever and im super nervous about it. Ive had the same trainer for the last 8 years and Ive never gone to another trainer. The Dressage trainer Im going to is Jane Weatherwax.
Ive always worn jeans and my cowboy boots even when i rode english so im not sure if i need to wear breeches and tall boots or what. and i have no idea if you can use draw reins or a martingale in a dressage lesson. Any advice will be helpful.
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-16-2014, 10:55 PM
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Preferably wear breeches and tall boots if you have them.
Re gadgets, don't use them. Please.
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post #3 of 12 Old 04-17-2014, 01:32 AM
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I wear a t-shirt/hoodie, fitted jeans, paddocks, and half chaps for my dressage lessons. Then again, my barn is pretty laid back. Some trainers care about appearance, some only care about the actual riding part. Since it is your first lesson with her, I'd just go with whatever is comfortable. Maybe wear some english boots if you have them. You can always ask her what she prefers. Also, skip the draw reins and martingale for now, and ask her what she would allow in future lessons. Maybe you could find all of this out before you go? It might make you feel better to know what is expected.

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post #4 of 12 Old 04-17-2014, 04:11 PM
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Dressage (correct dressage, that is) is done without gadgets, so I would recommend coming to the lesson with just a snaffle bridle of your choice. Any draw reins or martingales would definitely be removed by your trainer, so leave them home.

Presenting yourself and your horse in a neat and tidy manner shows your respect for yourself, Horsie, and your instructor. Clean beast, clean tack, neat mane and tail, clean boots or polos if you use them.

Ideally you would wear tall boots and breeches, but half chaps and breeches are also fine. If you haven't got them, just wear what you normally ride and are comfortable in. A polo or other golf-type shirt is ideal in warmer weather, preferably tucked in, plus your hair pulled back and neat. Its your first lesson - hopefully you will be intrigued enough to consider outfitting yourself in English duds down the road

Have a wonderful time! Let us know how it goes
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post #5 of 12 Old 04-17-2014, 04:23 PM
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Definitely no gadgets, as to what to wear, do not go out and buy anything new, make sure what you are wearing is clean and safe, and explain before your lesson that you weren't sure on turn out, but this is what you have for now.

Most important part, be on time, ready to go with a smile and an open mind.

And definitely let us know how it goes
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post #6 of 12 Old 04-18-2014, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for all the advice. I have breeches and tall boots. My horse likes to think she is still green and can get very excited but when i ride her with a martingale she is calmer... is just a plaining tshirt okay?
Ill take lots of pictures and post them after :)
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My horse likes to think she is still green and can get very excited but when i ride her with a martingale she is calmer.
Just a casual observation, I wonder if she is calmer in a martingale because you feel calmer when she has it on, and that is what actually makes her ride better?
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OP good luck with your first lesson. I know how it feels to ride an excitable horse, but the beauty of dressage is that your instructor will show you how to effectively harness that energy and bring it round to put the horse in a good, correct working mind. I'd bring the martingale (if that makes you feel better) but wait to use it. If you need, you can always put it on half way through the lesson, but just feel it out first.

Good luck, have fun!

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No to the martingale xD

A t-shirt should be fine. If you have a polo (or something with a collar) that would be better.

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-18-2014, 03:30 PM
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You are taking a lesson to work on your issues. So you want the coach to see everything that you have issues with, as in riding without a martingale.

Breeches, tall boots, a clean fitted shirt tucked in, a belt, hair pulled back and your horse groomed and cleaned up. No gadgets. A snaffle bridle and your saddle. Boots/wraps if he needs them but no martingales or drawreins.

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