I want to do some Freestyle Dressage. The type of dressage where you ride to music. I live in New York and I would be willing to travel outside of state to do so but, I just wanted to know, what is involved in that kind of test?
I have a dressage trainer who, I will be working with once Spring comes around and I have spoken to my BO and he's going to let me put letters in the arena to practice it.
Beau knows how to side pass but, that's pretty much about it. He doesn't know any of his lateral movements that you need to know in dressage. Do they have a beginner dressage class for that? Does anyone know if they do that type of dressage in New York? If not, where do they have it...
Amanda & Beau
Well, firstly, I think you have a sidepass confused with a leg yield.
Leg yield- The horse moves 50% left or right (depending on direction of desired travel) and 50% straight/forward with slight flexion at the jaw, in the direction of travel.
Halfpass- Much the same as a leg yield as, the horse goes 50% left or right (depending on direction of desired travel) and 50% straight/forward with a slight flexion at the jaw in opposite direction of travel. Sidepass-
(This is what you said your horse does)- moves laterally only. Left or right. For a correct sidepass(or fullpass) there is to be no forward motion. The horse should stay fairly straight, the the exception of a slight flexion to the inside of the direction of travel. So if the horse is sidepassing(or fullpassing) to the left, the horse will have a very slight flexion at the jaw to the left.
A sidepass is more of an advanced movement of the laterals. The order the are in above, are also the order from the largest amount of simplicity to most difficult.
None of these show up until first level, though. That is where the leg yield comes in.
There are dressage tests for baby beginner novice (walk, trot) Beginner novice (walk, trot, canter) Training (walk, trot, stretchy trot**, canter) first (walk, trot, canter, leg yield, step back *I think*, lengthen of stride) and so on. I don't believe that you can do a dressage freestyle (or kur) until at the very earliest, first level. From what I hear, and can tell from your post (which is not very much) you are very inexperienced, and need to work on rhythm and balance before anything else. Especially
before concerning yourself with a musical freestyle. The Art of Classical Riding--The Training Scale
I suggest you look at this site, and study this training scale. I realize that balance isn't on there, but balance and rhythm go hand in hand. You can't have a rhythmic horse without balance and you can't have a balanced horse without rhythm.
I would also suggest reading the text around it, and perhaps saving it to documents or favorites. It's a very good website.
**Stretchy trot** This is when the horse reaches, and stretches his head down, using his back to a higher degree and -if correct- nice impulsion. The biggest mistake I see in the stretchy circle is a lack of impulsion. Too many people throw the reins away and the horse does not track up, does not stretch down, does not become supple when asked to bring it's head up. They fall on the forehand. Falling on the forehand is a sign of lack of impulsion. And the more the horse is on the forehand, the faster the horse goes. From there it's a domino effect, and it gets increasingly harder to get the horse going properly again. The "stretchy trot" will only come when the horse is loose, supple, and soft in the bridle.
Oh, and of course all dressage tests have the free walk. I'm assuming, though, that you know what that is. At least I hope you do.