Venturing into the realms of unknown... - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 16 Old 06-18-2009, 10:07 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 519
• Horses: 4
where are you at in MI? Kind of looking for a dressage instructor myself ;)

Ask Often, Demand Nothing, and Reward Generously.
Qtswede is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 16 Old 06-19-2009, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Flushing, MI
Posts: 925
• Horses: 1
Haha, well, Laura isn't really a dressage instructor, she's my lesson instructor who did dressage when she was younger. She almost got to Grand Prix levels (I think that's what she said, at least) but dropped it after high school. Or college, I didn't really pay much attention. So she knows a lot about dressage, but I'll just be learning basics during our normal lessons. Anyway, I'm in Genesee County, which is sort of near the thumb.
horseluver2435 is offline  
post #13 of 16 Old 06-19-2009, 12:02 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 519
• Horses: 4
I'm kind of in a similar situation, only my friend/instructor has been testing at the Grand Prix level - though she is in her 80's. LOL....

Ask Often, Demand Nothing, and Reward Generously.
Qtswede is offline  
post #14 of 16 Old 06-19-2009, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Flushing, MI
Posts: 925
• Horses: 1
LOL, we're similiar! Well, I hope you find one.
horseluver2435 is offline  
post #15 of 16 Old 06-20-2009, 02:05 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: In the saddle.
Posts: 5,157
• Horses: 1
First of all, your horse needs some groceries. I don't mean any offense, but in order for correct muscle building to occur the horse needs to be in good condition. And correct muscle building is what dressage strives to do.

As far as for the riding, I see a horse who is moving very downhill. Your biggest task is going to be shifting weight onto theose haunches and getting an engine behind rather than the front legs pulling the entire horse along and into the dirt. Otherwise I don't think anything is really glaringly wrong, just be aware that your bit is illegal and your horse opening its mouth is going to be severely punished in dressage. Get a soft bit that is going to encourage your horse to softly chew and accept the bit instead of leaning on it and trying to spit it out. I recommend a double jointed bit, or a french link but not a dr. Bristol in a 16-20mm diameter.
I think that working with a qualified dressage coach will help you. If you are looking for one then I suggest going to a local dressage show or two and seeing how the coaches interact with their students and horses and find someone you like. You can also check out USDF and/or USEF to see if they have listings of dressage coaches in your area.

Good luck!
~*~anebel~*~ is offline  
post #16 of 16 Old 06-20-2009, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Flushing, MI
Posts: 925
• Horses: 1
Thanks! =] As stated before, we haven't started our dressage 'training', so to speak, and I'm sure we'll find out more then. Also, I don't have my own horse, I just lease, and it's not really in our budget to hire a coach. Thanks for the advice, though. =]
horseluver2435 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
unknown leg swelling sglenkler Horse Health 2 05-17-2009 07:41 PM
Unknown Breed... Goosen Horse Breeds 9 01-31-2009 11:50 AM
Tomb of the Unknown, RegalCharm General Off Topic Discussion 0 11-09-2008 09:00 PM
Unknown leg problem Lonannuniel Horse Health 6 06-15-2008 03:25 PM
Unknown Sickness... any thoughts?? horsechick_88 Horse Health 12 09-13-2007 08:45 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome