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What are some basics for horse and rider when riding Dressage? What are some exercises I can work on?

I didn't get my lesson yet for Dressage, the instructor had some family business to attend, so she couldn't make it (my luck). So say your starting a new horse in the discipline of dressage, what do you do?

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What are some basics for horse and rider when riding Dressage? What are some exercises I can work on?

I didn't get my lesson yet for Dressage, the instructor had some family business to attend, so she couldn't make it (my luck). So say your starting a new horse in the discipline of dressage, what do you do?

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I thought your trainer/boss is into western?

As far as dressage basics, take a look at some of Jane Savoie's videos.
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^I agree, get your hands on as much as you can read as possible. Dressage Today is a good magazine.

The basis of all dressage is RYTHEM. So work on getting your horse moving forward from behind in a steady even pace first in the walk, then the trot, then finally the canter. Also do figures and see how your horses balance is. (20m circles, figure eights, serpentines[if I'm wrong please correct me if she shouldn't try to do simple figures yet. Both my horses were natural in dressage so we're always doing circles and figures...])

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^I agree, get your hands on as much as you can read as possible. Dressage Today is a good magazine.

The basis of all dressage is RYTHEM. So work on getting your horse moving forward from behind in a steady even pace first in the walk, then the trot, then finally the canter. Also do figures and see how your horses balance is. (20m circles, figure eights, serpentines[if I'm wrong please correct me if she shouldn't try to do simple figures yet. Both my horses were natural in dressage so we're always doing circles and figures...])
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:P well obviously, I'm not going to a spelling bee anytime soon

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I thought your trainer/boss is into western?

As far as dressage basics, take a look at some of Jane Savoie's videos.
He is, but sadly he is taking a break for awhile to "golf and half retire". So now I'm stuck high and dry. There are no other western horse trainers within two hours of where I live. A dressage trainer comes twice a week so I thought that would be my best option. I will check out the videos, thanks.


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^I agree, get your hands on as much as you can read as possible. Dressage Today is a good magazine.

The basis of all dressage is RYTHEM. So work on getting your horse moving forward from behind in a steady even pace first in the walk, then the trot, then finally the canter. Also do figures and see how your horses balance is. (20m circles, figure eights, serpentines[if I'm wrong please correct me if she shouldn't try to do simple figures yet. Both my horses were natural in dressage so we're always doing circles and figures...])
Thank-you, I've pretty much established that. I'm a horrible speller as well, thank god for spellcheck.


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I personally love the exercises in the book "Build a Better Athlete" when I'm between lessons. With my budget, that's a frequent thing these days!

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Thank-you, I'll look into it.


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