To be honest, I've never really paid much mind to dressage. Then I moved to an area where english, jumping and dressage are big.
My question is - how hard would it be to start doing it. Considering my horse and I can do a lot of it while bareback? I had no idea that for the past ten years, what I was doing was dressage - while warming up. I suppose, if that makes sense. We rode primarily western.
We can do canter pirouettes like it's going out of style (I think that's because I can actually ask him to four-beat lope). And of course, walk/trot/canter at all levels of collection.
If I were to do it competitively, of course I'd really brush up on everything, but I'm just talking about messing around with it.
The one thing that we absolutely can't do (well, not really CAN'T, I'm sure we can, but haven't done) is a piaffe. How do you start working on that?
I think that next week I'll have somebody video tape me bareback or in my english saddle (unless I borrow somebody's dressage saddle) doing a thrown-together dressage pattern. Just don't expect me to post while bareback, every trot will be a sitting trot. My poor legs don't have the muscle they used to!
Would you all be willing to help me work on things? Just for my entertainment? I don't see us ever doing it competitively, because I think we're both 'retired' from showing at the moment.