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    06-18-2009, 11:07 PM
Where are you at in MI? Kind of looking for a dressage instructor myself ;)
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    06-19-2009, 12:31 PM
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.
    06-19-2009, 01:02 PM
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....
    06-19-2009, 03:14 PM
LOL, we're similiar! Well, I hope you find one.
    06-20-2009, 03:05 AM
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!
    06-20-2009, 10:50 AM
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. =]

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