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post #11 of 18 Old 05-27-2011, 09:59 PM
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Double Post : But maybe in the future I can tag along with my trainer to some local hunter shows if she doesn't mind an extra hand :)
Just ask her! Extra-hand is always needed there.

My trainer asked several students (me including) this month if we can help at the big eventing show. I did, so it was an interesting experience.

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post #12 of 18 Old 05-27-2011, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Just ask her! Extra-hand is always needed there.

My trainer asked several students (me including) this month if we can help at the big eventing show. I did, so it was an interesting experience.
I guess "free" help is a huge thing for BO's and trainers which is a good thing because otherwise I would be screwed lol

I will definitely ask her. She recently purchased the facility, so it will take a bit of time before she will be attending shows I believe. And yes I just google searched dressage trainers in miami and there are a couple but just out of range currently. I'm not so worried though, I think my trainer will be good enough for right now. I can only dedicate one day a week, so time is a bit limited as well.

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I'd def recommend it as a starting off point in your training. You have a more balanced, correct seat for whatever discipline you decide on down the road.

I wish I had more of a dressage background than I do, it's been hard learning it as an experienced Hunter rider. Some habits are hard to break.

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I just want to make sure that I start off on the right track before I get into any other disciplines that I may not be prepared for. I want to be able to have a good seat overall and be able to work with my mount whether its my own or someone's lesson horse. I also am really interested in the relationship that builds between horse and rider with dressage, even though it's pretty tough when I comes to the upper levels.

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I also am really interested in the relationship that builds between horse and rider with dressage, even though it's pretty tough when I comes to the upper levels.
What do you mean by "relationship"? I think relationship doesn't really depend on discipline (and can be even just on ground).

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What do you mean by "relationship"? I think relationship doesn't really depend on discipline (and can be even just on ground).
Well, what I mean is when people have said that when you are training dressage it depends a lot on how well you ride, not so much on how fast you get to the end or how decorated you are it depends on how well you ride and how well you and your horse work together. Which goes for many disciplines. But apparently dressage helps the horse to become more collected. I didn't mean strictly in dressage when I said "relationship" I just worded it that way by mistake. Oops! :P

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dressage is the best place to start riding :) I always hated dressage but my instructor confussed me. I went to pony club and the instructor there made sense, I started having private lessons and my horse transformed. He LOVES dressage (who would have guessed) and turns out I do aswell.

Here in australia we have a "sport" called hacking (i use the term sport loosly) it's basically a beauty pagent on horses. The nicest dyed and jammed up horse wins. They basically "look good" and put the horse is a false head set, so the horse looks like it is using it's body right when actually it's not. The hacking world is a very cruel world in my opinion. Not all the riders are like that but when you see a child under 10 years old riding in a double bridle and winning for it I hate it!!

Anyways, back to dressage, dressage you get judge on your work, so your horse could look like crap but if it does a great dressage test, you won't be marked down. Usually when you compete in dressage your horse looks nice (unless I plait lol)
My instructor gives dressage lessons to campdrafters!!!! They told him that their horses are more responsive and better moving then before dressage. I REALLY got to watch one of those lessons :)

Do dressage and set a great foundation for ANY discipline you chose later (choose eventing!!!)

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I am also thinking of doing dressage. I am 48 years old not 20 but I feel 20 at times LOL. My horse was doing English Show so I thought I would continue and try dressage. I have never done it before. Its been a longtime since I have ridden and I am just getting back in the saddle so to speak after 30 years. I have had him about 4 weeks and I am falling in love with him. He is a big sweet heart.

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