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        10-07-2009, 12:13 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    ^^ I Agree. I can't stand my shirt going up, it interferes with my riding.
         
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        10-07-2009, 07:28 AM
      #22
    Weanling
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    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.
    - My thoughts exactly. I would just like to second Anebel's input on this matter. Unless you have found a way to levitate above the saddle you are not really taking the weight off at all, just concentrating the pressure in different places - therefore I wouldn't think leaning forward would be effective in relieving pressure off the horses back.
         
        10-07-2009, 07:51 AM
      #23
    Started
    I agree, you guys should try dressage. Whether you get into it and love it and become primarily a dressage rider or not, the foundation and concepts will pay dividends when you go back to jumping.

    As far as the clothes, I'm in agreement with whoever said you can practice in a swimsuit and a reining saddle as far as daily practice goes (since in the pics and vids the OP doesn't seem to be in a lesson, I'm all for however she's comfortable). I personally would at least wear clean breeches and half chaps (and whatever kind of top the weather requires; for safety's sake I wouldn't ride in anything with less cloth than a t-shirt, and nothing baggy) for a lesson. It's like not showing up to school in sweats, you're going the extra mile to show the instructor that you take his/her input seriously and really value the time and expertise that you're paying them for.
         
        10-07-2009, 09:24 AM
      #24
    Foal
    Thanks everyone!! I am going to try to get Dressage lessons, but like I said there aren't any close enough that I can afford. I'd be able to pay for the lesson but not the barns board prices. Right now I am only playing about $120 for board. Haha

    I am not in a lesson in those pictures. I was actually the only one at the barn that day as everyone else was at a show. The barn I ride at is very laid back and there's a max. Of about 2 or 3 people that actually ride in breeches. Most everyone rides in jeans and whatever shirt suits the weather. I was wearing under armour to keep me warm since it was cold out and those shirts always ride up.
         
        10-07-2009, 11:59 AM
      #25
    Yearling
    I personally don't see anything wrong with what your wearing. The only reason I don't ride in jeans is because my instructor would have my head if she knew jeans were in her saddle.

    I do find that riding pants allow much more flexibility and tend to be lighter than blue jeans though.

    As for the top, I ride in little tank tops (it gets in the upper 90's here). My instructor isn't interested in my top, she's interested in my riding. Then again, she comes in tank tops and shorts too! Lol
         
        10-08-2009, 06:09 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    What everyone else said.... I recommend dressage to anyone in ANY discipline since it teaches horse and rider how to communicate and how to move together in a balanced way. The way a horse naturally moves at liberty, with the exception of those odd moments in play or flight where it collects itself, is not the healthiest way for it to carry a backpack weighing well over 100lbs. To carry a rider in the most balanced, and indeed safest way possible (in terms of long term soundness), the horse pushes itself forward with its rear end, since the hind legs are far more powerful than the forelegs and better able to take the weight. The horse also needs to lift its back using its abdominal muscles, which allows it to properly use its back muscles to handle the weight of the rider and also lets the thrust of the hind end come through. That, in a nutshell, is what dressage does and teaching a horse to move in that way is incredibly beneficial regardless of discipline.

    And it doesn't matter a hoot what the rider is wearing in order to train this stuff. I usually slum it when I go to the barn and wear all the manky t-shirts, hoodies, etc. that I might not (er... "might" being the operative word there) wear to the pub.

    If those of you who worry about this sort of thing are lucky, I won't ever show up at your barn. When I was at a stable where people cared deeply about appearance and prioritized looking "neat," I discovered the joy of tacky saddle pads; you know, the ones with flamingos, fish, flames, NYC subway graffiti (I'm not kidding), tie-dye, rainbows, sparklyness, tiger stripes, stars, swirling galaxies, etc. etc. Then I upped my game when I discovered one could acquire equally as garish polo wraps (about the only use I ever found for the things) and if you get a few sets of those, you can mix and match them so you in fact can have four different polo wraps on your horse with a saddle pad that doesn't match any of them. Absolutely brilliant!

    Now that I've gotten older and lazier I've stopped being bothered with the polo wraps but am proud to say that I don't have a single solid coloured, much less white, saddle pad to my name.
         
        10-08-2009, 08:35 PM
      #27
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by thesilverspear    
    What everyone else said.... I recommend dressage to anyone in ANY discipline since it teaches horse and rider how to communicate and how to move together in a balanced way. The way a horse naturally moves at liberty, with the exception of those odd moments in play or flight where it collects itself, is not the healthiest way for it to carry a backpack weighing well over 100lbs. To carry a rider in the most balanced, and indeed safest way possible (in terms of long term soundness), the horse pushes itself forward with its rear end, since the hind legs are far more powerful than the forelegs and better able to take the weight. The horse also needs to lift its back using its abdominal muscles, which allows it to properly use its back muscles to handle the weight of the rider and also lets the thrust of the hind end come through. That, in a nutshell, is what dressage does and teaching a horse to move in that way is incredibly beneficial regardless of discipline.

    And it doesn't matter a hoot what the rider is wearing in order to train this stuff. I usually slum it when I go to the barn and wear all the manky t-shirts, hoodies, etc. that I might not (er... "might" being the operative word there) wear to the pub.

    If those of you who worry about this sort of thing are lucky, I won't ever show up at your barn. When I was at a stable where people cared deeply about appearance and prioritized looking "neat," I discovered the joy of tacky saddle pads; you know, the ones with flamingos, fish, flames, NYC subway graffiti (I'm not kidding), tie-dye, rainbows, sparklyness, tiger stripes, stars, swirling galaxies, etc. etc. Then I upped my game when I discovered one could acquire equally as garish polo wraps (about the only use I ever found for the things) and if you get a few sets of those, you can mix and match them so you in fact can have four different polo wraps on your horse with a saddle pad that doesn't match any of them. Absolutely brilliant!

    Now that I've gotten older and lazier I've stopped being bothered with the polo wraps but am proud to say that I don't have a single solid coloured, much less white, saddle pad to my name.
    and QFT!
         
        10-11-2009, 04:04 PM
      #28
    Showing
    I don't any reasons why switching to dressage would be a problem. Flat work is the basis of riding disciplines. Do you have a trainer you can take lessons from? Good for you for taking something new on, especialy this. It will improve your riding as well as your overall riding. Dressage will do you good no matter you decide to ultimately do in the future.
         

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