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    05-23-2009, 12:10 AM
  #1
Yearling
Starting from scratch?

I have been out of competition for 5 years. Back home I competed Novice, but I left my Irish Sporthorse with my Dad and he retired him as a very pampered pet.

I have been rehabbing OTTBs since then but only off and on, and just slowing them down, going over the basics and such.

Any riding I've done since I've been in the US has either been rehab or pleasure. And I fear I have lost any skill and gained all bad habits.

Now I'm at a point where I'm ready to get back into everything. Eventing is my drug, but I am absolutely useless at dressage. It was always my biggest point blower.

Well, now after 12 months of searching, I have found a Dutch Warmblood mare. The good - she's trained to Level 4. The bad - she's been sitting for a year as well. But until then she was competing solidly.

So in effect we'll both be starting from scratch this year.

I'm trying to find a trainer right now, the one I was using said she wasn't comfortable with a horse trained to Level 4 as she was only Level 2. But like I mentioned on another site, I'm starting at a big fat Level 0 sooooo I don't see the issue.

Until I find a new trainer... what can I do on my own? I want to start conditioning us both and since dressage is my weakest area I really need to work on it.
     
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    05-24-2009, 01:18 AM
  #2
Foal
I would find a dressage trainer asap who has 4th level/GP school masters for you to take lessons on. Before I found my OTTB, I thought I wanted to buy a well schooled dressage horse so I took a few lessons on a GP horse an hour away from my town, and even though I pretty much sucked at riding that thing, I got the feel for how a correct dressage horse was supposed to ride, and how to ask for basic aids. So to answer your question "what can I do on my own", do some serious web surfing for trainers!

And coming from a very practical point of view, do you feel comfortable (after you suggested you weren't very fond of dressage) refreshing a 4th level horse right off the bat coming back into serious riding? I'm not trying to challenge you, I'm just curious because I feel like your level of confidence will especially be a big factor in your success in your situation.
     
    05-24-2009, 01:36 AM
  #3
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Originally Posted by AussieDaisyGirl    
I have been out of competition for 5 years. Back home I competed Novice, but I left my Irish Sporthorse with my Dad and he retired him as a very pampered pet.

I have been rehabbing OTTBs since then but only off and on, and just slowing them down, going over the basics and such.

Any riding I've done since I've been in the US has either been rehab or pleasure. And I fear I have lost any skill and gained all bad habits.

Now I'm at a point where I'm ready to get back into everything. Eventing is my drug, but I am absolutely useless at dressage. It was always my biggest point blower.

Well, now after 12 months of searching, I have found a Dutch Warmblood mare. The good - she's trained to Level 4. The bad - she's been sitting for a year as well. But until then she was competing solidly.

So in effect we'll both be starting from scratch this year.

I'm trying to find a trainer right now, the one I was using said she wasn't comfortable with a horse trained to Level 4 as she was only Level 2. But like I mentioned on another site, I'm starting at a big fat Level 0 sooooo I don't see the issue.

Until I find a new trainer... what can I do on my own? I want to start conditioning us both and since dressage is my weakest area I really need to work on it.
Horses don't really forget anything. They do get rusty.

Taking the horse back to training or first level will probably be the right thing. You for your present lack of knowledge and the horse for its lack of fitness.

Do get a trainer that has at least done level 3 so they can help you so when you put an aid on and the horse gives you an unexpected oopsie you know if it was you or her.
     
    05-24-2009, 12:07 PM
  #4
Yearling
Thank you for your replies! I thought too my level of confidence would be a bad thing - but the weirdest thing when I went out to test ride at the barn where Carolina is, I felt like we were both doing really well. I wasn't nervous or anxious and despite her lack of fitness she did really well, and the second time even better. Obviously we both have a long way to go. The BO that she's with right now is GP but she's over an hour away so it wouldn't be a regular lesson with her, which really sucks because that would be ideal. With her there she was totally fluid and confident and I guess her "energy" (for want of a better term) made it easier for me. And Carolina's jumping... wow. I'm beyond excited about that part, she loves it as much as me!

As was mentioned on another thread though - better dressage leads to better jumping and I'm looking forward to improving everywhere.

I think I'm still going to have to go to at least Nashville (45 minutes) to get my lessons though.

Thank you so much for your replies! I really appreciate it!
     
    05-24-2009, 03:20 PM
  #5
Yearling
My trainer is 45 minutes away. We go at least once a month. I video myself and send her clips to watch particular problem areas, etc. That seems to be working for us so far. Maybe that could be an option...
     
    05-24-2009, 03:53 PM
  #6
Yearling
Hmmm that might not be a bad idea!
     

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