I just started learning dressage, too! We do 30 mins of flatwork in our lessons so I'm not taking specific dressage lessons or competing in dressage, but I'm trying to learn the "finer points" so I can improve in my jumping, too!
Few things I'm going to say for the sake of them being extreme pet peeves of mine, otherwise, like Spyder I will wait for the videos.
Slow and collected are two entirely different things, collection is the engagement of the hindquarters and going slow is disengaging them. Also a pirouette canter is an extremely collected put pure 3 beat canter, not a 4 beat jog. If a horse does begin 4 beating in the canter in dressage they are severely marked down.
Good luck on your dressage journey and I very highly recommend beginning lessons with a reputable dressage coach before you enter a competition.
Thanks. I am not competing or wanting to. Just wanting to work on something different. I am aware of what collection is. He won't do an extended trot or reining spins if he's not collected. And everything else isn't as nice if he's not collected.
I'm hoping to get videos this week. I'm in the car on the way home from TN right now. Yay!
Alrighty, now that I'm not responding on my phone, haha!
Anebel - that's good to know about the pirouette, I've watched horses do it and I could swear they were four-beating. That's what it feels as if my horse is doing, too. I can bump him up to a normal lope, but he doesn't stay quite as well into the same spot. I'd really have to see it on video of myself.
It makes me wish we had a mirror to watch while riding.
I warn you its a slippery slope! Your first post could have been me 4 years ago. Wanted something "new"...started dressage...bought a book 101 dressage exercises...got a trainer...bought new tack..."oh whats that...jumping"...another book 101 jumping exercises...more new tack...fast forward to this year...new jumping horse. :) Good luck!