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    11-27-2011, 10:57 PM
New to dressage?

So I really would like to start eventing, but there aren't really any eventing barns near me with open lesson slots or trainers that I'm crazy about.
So I thought about it and there are many dressage trainers with school horses I can work with nearby. I think getting into dressage would be excellent for my jumping and improving my course work, and great for preparing me for 3 day eventing. Plus, I've always been fascinated by the sport, and wanted to get into it. So win, win, win. :)
Any tips on what I should expect going into my first lesson? I've always been hunter/jumper.
Also if anyone knows any of these trainers and has feedback, maybe?
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    11-29-2011, 08:15 PM
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    11-29-2011, 08:59 PM
Pony, I can't help with those instructors (unfortunately they are not in my area), but I think it's a great idea to take lessons from the dressage trainer to work on your flat. Very beneficial (plus in eventing you have to show dressage too ).

As for expectation... Well... I had none when I went to my first dressage lesson. I just tried to learn as much as possible. Have fun there!
    11-29-2011, 08:59 PM
Originally Posted by BravadoThePony    
Any tips on what I should expect going into my first lesson? I've always been hunter/jumper.

Hard work and walking sore..if the trainer is worth anything.
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    11-30-2011, 07:22 AM
Originally Posted by Spyder    
Hard work and walking sore..if the trainer is worth anything.
I wish I could like right now.

You will find leg muscles you never knew you had- I would start lengthening those stirrups already.

Don't be surprised if you're not leg yielding, piroutting around for a few months.

Any dressage instructor worth their salt will start off with the basics, there is so much to learn, but it will be fun. You may feel like some excercises are pointless, you know this, why are you doing it again. If they're good, there will be a reason.

Find a trainer that will explain things to you, tell you why you need to flex to the inside, why your horse isn't working form behind and how to get your horse soft on the bit.

Let us know how it goes.
    11-30-2011, 08:10 AM
Originally Posted by Spyder    
walking sore..
Thankfully I never had this one. I doubt you'd to if you ride every day. BTW, same with my eventing trainer: she bet me I'll be sore (after rough lesson), but as long as muscles work every day even hard work/more than you always do not going to pull them. At least for me. Getting back after the winter break is another story (even though I take lesson every week it's not enough to stay in shape).
    11-30-2011, 04:54 PM
I have actually sweat through the leather in my full seats, in a 40f arena.... if you can walk, your coach isn't doing a good job :P
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    11-30-2011, 05:09 PM
I sweated everywhere tonight. I was riding around in a strap top in 3oC. Beasting of a lesson, my core muscles are aching so much!
    11-30-2011, 07:50 PM
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
I have actually sweat through the leather in my full seats, in a 40f arena.... if you can walk, your coach isn't doing a good job :P
I sweat through too. As well as my horse. BUT I still have no problem to drive her back home and get on my 2nd one to school. Tired? Yes. Can't walk? No.

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