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        04-04-2011, 08:15 PM
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    Foal
    Thinking about trying dressage

    Hi! I'm trying to figure out which discipline I should try doing. If anyone could give me some info on dressage I would appreciate it! Also, are there any good dressage teachers anyone knows of in the Seattle area? Thanks!
         
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        04-05-2011, 01:02 AM
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    Trained
    What sort of info on dressage are you specifically looking for? To give you the absolute basics of information - dressage is simply training.
         
        04-05-2011, 01:18 AM
      #3
    Foal
    I want to compete one day (if I choose to do dressage) and was wondering what goes into it, types of horses, basic rules, etc. Any info you have would be great!
         
        04-05-2011, 01:33 AM
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    Trained
    Where do you live? - check your country's equestrian federation website for the dressage section. You'll find the dressage rules for your country. Someone may be able to help you with specific federations, I'm in Australia so can only give you the Australian Equestrian Federation website and rules.

    As for types of horses, warmbloods (particularly the European breeds) are favourable for those who are experienced riders and striving to be competitive at the higher levels of the sport.
    However, for those starting out and in the lower levels, just about any breed will suffice. An uphill, strong conformation and scopey paces will be of great benefit in dressage, making your job and the horses, much easier that if you are starting with a horse that is build downhill and moves flat to the ground (i.e. Your standard QH).
    A willing, trainable temperament and eagerness to work is essential, as focus from both horse and rider is needed for long periods of time.

    As for what goes into it, dressage is not just 'flat work'. Many eventers/showjumpers etc seem to be under the impression that dressage is just riding around in circles. This is far from the case. We aim to ride and be in control of every step of the horse, have it so tuned into our aids that we merely have to twitch a calf muscle to have the horse respond.
    If you're dead serious about becoming a competitive dressage rider and pursuing it for the long term, it requires huge commitment to spend many hours in the saddle, developing the horse's fitness and training. It is an expensive sport to be involved in and far from easy, but well worth it once you 'click'.
         
        04-05-2011, 03:13 PM
      #5
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by MethowHorses25    
    I want to compete one day (if I choose to do dressage) and was wondering what goes into it, types of horses, basic rules, etc. Any info you have would be great!
    Depends on how serious you want to compete. If you consider the higher levels you better look for the right horse as not all horses can progress far enough (depends on confo, ability, and mind). Lower level is suitable for most horses (if they have a will to do the ring work ). In any case if you are serious (whether low or high level) look for good instructor to progress.
         
        04-05-2011, 04:08 PM
      #6
    Started
    I am also in the Seattle area... I may be able to help you find some resources to explore dressage a bit. I'll send you a personal message.
         
        04-05-2011, 04:33 PM
      #7
    Banned
    I think dressage is one of those things than you can never go wrong trying out. The things you will learn taking some dressage lessons will serve you well no matter what style of riding you want to do.
         

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