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post #1 of 6 Old 05-19-2010, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Really wanting to get into dressage with Nova

Nova has amazing movements and will deffinatly excell in dressage.. I mainly want to stay in jumping but when I watch her move it makes me want to go into more dressage too..

But the thing is.. is that I really dont have money for dressage lessons right now.. its about $60-$70 for an hour... and I can maybe do that once every few weeks.. now since my moms passed away my aunt isnt able to pay all the bills/board alone.. on top of lessons.. aswell as right now we are paying our last payment of 1,500 on Nova this month.. so thats deffinatly taking a toll on the wallet with everything else.

I took a lesson with my dressage instructor last week, and she always helps but shes more for correcting teh horse and doesn't correct my position.. which I need that aswell cause I know I have some bad habits going on.

Maybe in a month or two I can take lessons on weekends but right now I cant.. but I still want to get a start on it.. any ideas??
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-19-2010, 09:13 PM
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I think it would be best to do some ground work until you have lessons. A lot of stretching work just so it's easier on your horse when you can start.

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I have a show on saturday, and june 6th so I deffinately cant not ride her.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-19-2010, 09:34 PM
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I agree with Arksly. Work on getting Nova supple so that things come a lot easier for him when you start the lessons. Also, if you can only take lessons once every few weeks (and believe me I am in the same boat), ask your instructor to spend your first or second lesson showing you different exercises to do with Nova in between with specifics on what he is supposed to look like/feel etc. Then you have something very definitive to work on solidly in between lessons.

I know a major thing that is very useful for dressage that is used at all levels for all different things is the Half Halt. So that may be a place to start right now, as it is something you probably have already touched on before with jumping. But now you can really work on it so Nova is really working well with half halts. That will probably get you pretty far. That and a lot of bending and yielding to rein pressure.
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Start working on strengthening your stomach muscles. Proper dresage riding requires a strong core. You'll be a better rider the very first lesson.

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-20-2010, 03:12 AM
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You could do a lunge lesson the next time you have a lesson with your dressage trainer. Whenever I feel that my position needs work, I ask my trainer for a seat lesson. I find it to be so helpful and I can really tell the difference when I ride on my own after that.

If you can only take a lesson every couple of week, make sure to get homework from your trainer so that you have stuff to work on between the lessons, exercises, figured and the like. I don't know if all trainers are like this, but I'm always free to call my trainer if I get stuck and need her to explain things to me.

Also ask your trainer if there are some dressage books that she reccomends and read up! It's cool when you can begin to apply something you've read about into your riding.

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