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        10-06-2009, 10:19 AM
      #11
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ThatNinjaHorse    
    Whats wrong with her attire? She's not at a competition so what does it matter?
    Riding into a lesson with any dressage instructor with your midriff showing and in jeans is a huuge nono. Technically speaking, you should be in a collared shirt with sleeves and breeches, as this attire shows respect and allows you to ride comfortably.
         
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        10-06-2009, 11:51 AM
      #12
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
    First of all - no matter how you position your weight in the saddle, it is all still going to be on the horse's back. Leaning forward, back, sideways, etc doesn't fly in dressage. And if you actually think about it, sitting in the tack and dispersing your weight over your seat in balance instead of just your stirrup bars is going to distribute your weight over a greater area, therefore creating fewer pressure points.
    And I'd like to point out that your attire wouldn't work in dressage either.

    But overall, looking a the work you and your horse are doing I would say that a switch to dressage wouldn't be a bad thing.
    And in a quick google search of "dressage in York, PA" yeilded half a dozen barns that claim to do dressage. I'm sure there is one good coach in your area. My coach lives a 4 hr drive from me :P

    Good luck!
    I might add that it depends on the barn. Just because you say "dressage" it does not mean that you need to wear breeches, ride in black tack, and use tall boots.... Dressage is a training method. You can do it in a swimsuit in a reining saddle if you want. Of course, if your barn has rules then you should follow them, and if your instructor expects breeches and certain attire, well if you choose to work with them that's your perogative, but.... well I think I'm just rambling now..
    Hell, I school dressage in a CC saddle. Is it completely ideal? No, I'll probably look into getting another dressage saddle at some point, but I would like others out there to know that dressage doesn't mean fancy tack and expensive clothes.
         
        10-06-2009, 11:56 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    I've taken dressage lessons at some of the top training centers in NJ and never saw anyone take their attire that seriously! I've taken dressage lessons in britches with high boots, jeans and half chaps, t-shirt, sweatshirts and anything else that will keep me warm or cool and comfortable. Yes, you do see more breeches and tall boots in dressage lessons than in hunter lessons, but I think that comment was a tad extreme. I'm sure your instructor will let you know what is expected before your first lesson. BTW, I think dressage makes a fantastic foundation for any discipline. I say go for it!
         
        10-06-2009, 02:44 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Hi

    You have a lovely pony :) Dressage is all about communication and harmony with your horse/pony - so it is always worth while.

    Looking at your pics and videos I would comment on a couple of things:

    1 - your stirrup length - it will help you if you drop your stirrups a few holes as this will allow you to open your hip more
    2 - try to stay more upright in your saddle to help you stay with the movement
    3 - your bit .... looks like a 3 ring dutch gag on third setting - that would not be acceptable in dressage so if possible try to school on a dressage legal bit - I think I saw a thread detailing dressage legal bits on here - I'll post the link if I find it again

    Some riding clubs do "combined training" days and competitions - you can jump and do dressage so you don't need to subsitute one for another.
         
        10-06-2009, 05:47 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
    Riding into a lesson with any dressage instructor with your midriff showing and in jeans is a huuge nono. Technically speaking, you should be in a collared shirt with sleeves and breeches, as this attire shows respect and allows you to ride comfortably.
    The photos don't show the OP is in a lesson though
         
        10-06-2009, 07:54 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Looks like dressage would be a good move. Your horse stretches nicely toward the bit which is most of the battle for most people who are starting out in training level. The hardest part will be for you to develop new muscle memory. Your position will need to change to a more upright position rather than the forward inclined hunter position. Hopefully you can locate a trainer who can start you correctly on the basics.
         
        10-06-2009, 09:00 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ThatNinjaHorse    
    Whats wrong with her attire? She's not at a competition so what does it matter?

    I don't really have anything to add, JDI basically said it all. But yeah, give it a go! You've got nothing to loose and everything to gain :)
    I don't understand the "attire" comment either- you don't have to wear a tails and top hat every time you ride dressage She is clearly a diamond in the rough!
         
        10-06-2009, 09:40 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Aw I think you should go for it!
    Dressage (as said) is good for any rider and horse-- it trains them to become more balanced, relaxed, supple, and connected.

    Your horse reminds me of my little OTTB when I first got him, even kinda has the similar body structure. He hadNo dressage training at all-- but he tracked up nicely, listened to my leg (sorta :P) and was balanced. After having him for a few months my instructor has REALLY changed my outlook on dressage and we have learned so much just by learning how to correctly supple and get your horse to stay on the bit by using inside leg to outside hand.

    I really encourage you to try it! It will also have a tremendous affect on jump courses :) GOOD LUCK! E
         
        10-06-2009, 09:50 PM
      #19
    Trained
    I know nothing about dressage except my sister is taking lessons ;) but I'm wondering if the bridle is set far too tight or if it's just because I'm dressage-stupid or the pics are off or because of the type of bit or what.

    I love your horse's tail colouring! You guys are pretty together.
         
        10-06-2009, 10:02 PM
      #20
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
    Riding into a lesson with any dressage instructor with your midriff showing and in jeans is a huuge nono. Technically speaking, you should be in a collared shirt with sleeves and breeches, as this attire shows respect and allows you to ride comfortably.
    Agree with you Anebel with this too, most of the coaches I have ridden with have found it extremely rude if a student shows up wearing inappropriate attire. I find it more comfortable anyway, to ride in breeches and a polo shirt, you can move in it and nothing rubs, etc. so you can concentrate on riding rather than pulling tops down or jeans up
         

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