What should I expect in my first dressage lesson?

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    04-24-2012, 11:09 PM
Smile What should I expect in my first dressage lesson?

I'm going to start dressage lessons in a few weeks, and I'm really looking forward to it! I used to show hunter/jumper, but stopped showing and taking lessons a few years ago. Since then my horse and I have just been pleasure riding and hacking. I've wanted to try dressage for ages, not with the intention of showing (at least for now), but just for a new challenge.
My question is, what kind of things should I expect my new trainer to cover in the first lesson? I'm sure different coaches would take different approaches, but what do you guys think the very basic skills are that we will dig into first? What have your experiences been, or what would you go over first if you were coaching? Thanks for reading!!
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    04-25-2012, 01:31 PM
Basics would be my guess. The trainer will look how you ride, how your horse moves (if you are using your horse), what "level" of training you are both at, and so on. Just relax and enjoy! Good luck! :)
    04-25-2012, 10:43 PM
Like KV said above, in your first lesson, expect to be doing absolute basics and not piaffe and pirouettes ;) Dressage is a long, slow journey that requires a huge deal of patience on the riders part. As long as you are not expecting that it will be all about riding fancy movements, then you will progress and do well.
I would say that for your very first dressage lesson, coming from your background, the coach should be focussing greatly on your position, before even thinking about what the horse is doing. They may put you on the lunge and do some work on developing an independant seat.
    04-25-2012, 11:23 PM
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Well, if your instructor is anything of a drill sergeant like mine was, and thinks that because you are already experienced in English disciplines you should catch on very quickly, then you could expect to feel some ouchies in places that you never knew existed.

Yeah, you thought you might have already discovered all of them with the time spent riding H/J under your beltů but there are a few still to discover that only dressage can.

(Or, at least I should say I would have liked someone to warm me of that even though I was riding H/J every day. )
Good luck with your lessons .... look forward to hearing how it goes.
    04-27-2012, 07:17 PM
I would say your instructor will work on your seat and the basics. Dressage is a long process and requires a lot of patience.

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