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        06-11-2010, 06:39 AM
    So... what now?

    History- I've had my horse since he was literally in the womb. 0_0
    At three I sent him to 45 days of undersaddle training. They rode him with direct contact and he was always fighting it, throwing his head, chomping on the bit, I don't know if it was because it was all new to him or he didn't like it? Or what. I didn't agree with some of the methods they used for training, I felt they took shortcuts. Gunther came home when his 45 days were up and took a break.

    He is five now, and is being ridden 5-6 days a week with a natural horsemanship trainer. I've learned alot as well as Gunther. I ride almost no contact with him mouth. He doesn't ever chew on the bit or throw his head. Again, I don't know why. Maybe it's because he's older? Or maybe it's because we don't ride with direct contact? I have no idea! But he has seem to taken to natural horsemanship 100% better.

    Currently- My trainer is taking a long break, sadly, he works too many and is burnt out. The only thing offered around where I live are Dressage, English, and some WP trainers/lessons. I thought the best for us is Dressage because it can help us in any discipline? So I signed up for a lesson, and now I'm nervous. I know nothing about dressage, or anything. Maybe I'm just nervous to enter an area I know nothing about? Help!?

    Gunther is a old style, bull dog type QH. I don't expect to excel in the higher levels. I bought a bridle, and a new Myler bit. I don't know what I'm doing. D;
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        06-11-2010, 06:40 AM
    Sorry for the length! When I'm nervous I keep talking.
        06-11-2010, 08:30 AM
    Green Broke
    Just go along with an open mind, and be ready to learn.
    Its all you can do really, sorry I can't offer much advice, but go to have fun and learn something new :)
        06-11-2010, 08:40 AM
    Green Broke
    Don't be nervous, just have an open mind! And ask questions! Don't worry, if that trainer is worth a hoot she won't get you worked up or anything, and she will be patient. Good luck! :)
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        06-11-2010, 08:40 AM
    I agree with RedTree - go and learn. Be upfront and tell them you have no experience, they'll teach you ;)

    And yes, dressage can help any horse. It should be good for Gunther :)
        06-11-2010, 08:45 AM
    Hey there.
    I agree with the above posters.
    Go with an open mind! Explain to the trainer what you have done and where your at. The trainer will hopefuly be able to help you with your goals.

    I think you will have a good time and learn a lot.

    Please come on back and share with us how it went!

        06-11-2010, 08:50 AM
    Hey, I agree with all the above posters and wanted to tell you that my young horse has really excelled forward past all the baby things and is now turning into a very nice Dressage horse--and he is a QH too!

    Just curious, what exact bit did you buy?
        06-12-2010, 06:37 AM
    Thanks Redtree, RG, Mybeau, and HP. :)

    Lovemydrummerboy, that is very good to know. It's a level two myler bit, it helps pick up his shoulder. Which is what he needs. I used my trainers level one myler bit and he worked very well with it, but sometimes he would ignore it.
        06-12-2010, 11:42 PM
    Goodluck Just go in with a clear and open mind. You are paying the trainer to teach you, even if you don't agree with that they're teaching initially (unless blatent abuse of course!) just go along with it, let them see you through as often their method will work. Lots of people leave my coach after one lesson, because she'll change so much about their horse's way of going. If they stuck it out like I did, there is just SO much you can learn!
    Be aware that the trainer will want you to take a contact again. Your horse is going to have to deal with it, for dressage you need a direct contact with the bit.
        06-24-2010, 06:39 PM
    I thonk dressage will be a good idea. When riding dressage properly (after many lessons) the horse should be willingly searching for the contact. This will only happen once you have both figures out your and his center of balance. Also, many more things
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