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post #1 of 25 Old 01-16-2014, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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Wanting to get into dressage...how?

I'm highly interested in the sport, but I'm a complete novice and I have no idea how to get started. Now, I'm starting college, money is tight, and I have no horse of my own, so obviously I'm not going to go off and compete anytime soon. But, is there anything that I can do in the meantime? Any resources that I can look up? Thanks!
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post #2 of 25 Old 01-16-2014, 09:30 AM
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If you can find somewhere to take lessons on a schoolhorse that is a great beginning. As well reading Sally Swift, anything by a Klimke, watching YouTube videos of the big guys doing demos. And you can also do a subscription to a training video site.

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post #3 of 25 Old 01-16-2014, 10:54 AM
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Do it to it! Find a place to take lessons and just go for it. Even if you can only do once a month to start- it's a start! Also get books as mentioned and ask questions about it, and have fun :)
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post #4 of 25 Old 01-16-2014, 02:24 PM
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I recommend finding a good instructor. There are several in TX. You can look them up on USDF website.

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post #5 of 25 Old 01-16-2014, 02:58 PM
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Where exactly in North Texas are you? We have a trainer that lives in TX but drives an hour east in order to give some ladies (including me) at my barn lessons.
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post #6 of 25 Old 01-16-2014, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I'll look up the books that you mentioned, and I'll see what I can do about lessons.

Skyseternalangel, I'm in Rowlett, right in between Dallas and Rockwall.
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post #7 of 25 Old 01-16-2014, 06:04 PM
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Hmm darn he'd be 2 hours away, a bit far...

I can ask him if he knows of anyone in TX

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post #8 of 25 Old 01-16-2014, 07:33 PM Thread Starter
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That would be great . Thanks.
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post #9 of 25 Old 02-03-2014, 02:28 PM
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You also might be able to find a place that will let you clean stalls in exchange for lessons! Then you wont have to worry about how you're going to pay for it, and you get to spend a little more time in the barn talking to people and asking questions. If you find a place you like, never pass up on the opportunity to sit in and watch other people's lessons too! They pay, you learn!
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post #10 of 25 Old 02-03-2014, 04:55 PM
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I'll second everyone elses' suggestion to find a trainer and start taking lessons. Until you find someone, read a ton of books about it, watch videos, and do online reading. There are a number of great resources on the internet.

How much riding experience do you have? If you are having difficulties finding an exclusively "dressage" trainer, then you may consider looking into other trainers that do some form of jumping with a heavy dressage emphasis. Until then, do your reading!
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