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post #21 of 150 Old 03-22-2009, 05:30 PM
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I started out my riding (35 years ago) as a hunter/jumper. Then about 12 years ago I got a TB that would only accept a dressage saddle as her riding attire! So I started riding dressage. I now realize how important it is as a base to any discipline. Actually, I don't know how horses can jump successfully without it. As I've grown in this discipline I realize the depth of the horse's sensitivity and our need to be able to communicate to them in a language they can understand. It develops (if done correctly) an incredible partnership between horse and rider!!! It does take time (lots of it) and patience as the two of you learn to work together, but the results are immeasureable.
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post #22 of 150 Old 03-22-2009, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Iluvjunior View Post
i love jumping the thrill of it is amazing!
Imagine being able to ride a much better course from Dressage training being applied!

I used to hate the idea of dressage. I was a hunter/jumper rider - still am. I started having troubles at about 3'6" with my mare, Dancer. My trainer took us off jumping for 6 months and focused on dressage. At first it was boring, yes, but once I got really into it, things started falling into place.
When I went back to jumping, I couldn't believe the difference. Amazing. She was calm, cool, collected... we were a team.

When I sold her, we were doing the old Medium level, schooling a bit higher. Tempis were nothing for this mare.

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post #23 of 150 Old 03-22-2009, 07:38 PM
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You wouldn't believe how many people jump with no dressage background what-so-ever.

I cannot tell you how many times I've heard Hunter/Jumpers at low levels in my area say "I want a lesson, but I refuse to do any of that dressage nonsense" and my coach laughs at them - who competed A circuit and went GP. He rides and trains Level 3 dressage.

When you walk, trot, canter - guess what.....you're doing dressage. When you do 20 meter circles and do serpenties and work on roll backs - guess what!!!! You're doing dressage.

Oh no - the evil D word! *covers sides of face with hands* lol -

Flat Work = Basic Dressage.

Grand Prix Jumpers - do minimally level 3 dressage. Most GP Riders, will spend countless hours doing flat work/dressage with their mounts - more so than going over fences. Most will jump once a week and will do dressage the rest.

I find it funny how lower level riders try to mimic GP riders - clothes, riding gear, tack...but the one thing many fail to mimic....is the discipline itself and the work it takes to compete successfully.

I have heard of World Class Barrel Racers - taking Dressage Lessons. Reiners taking dressage lessons...................Dressage is the fundamentals to all aspects of riding.

Without it, you have holes.
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post #24 of 150 Old 03-22-2009, 07:48 PM
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I absolutely love dressage.

The horse...powerful, majestic, beautiful.
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post #25 of 150 Old 03-24-2009, 01:03 PM
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I am soooo happy Dressage finally has it's own home! I started taking dressage lessons about 8 months ago I guess...I have become a much better rider bc of it. It's very challenging and frustrating at times, but well worth it!

Adcat's Star "Addy"- 5yr old TB mare.
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post #26 of 150 Old 03-24-2009, 05:02 PM
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I am gona start doin dressage soon .. im so excited im havin dressage lessons to affiliated standards

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post #27 of 150 Old 03-24-2009, 05:11 PM
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I hate dressage!!!!
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post #28 of 150 Old 03-24-2009, 05:41 PM
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Well, if you want to Event - you better learn to like it. And if you want to do Stadium Jumping, it must be your main perogative in training.

If you want to learn balance, if you want a soft supple horse, if you want indepenant aids to be a better rider - you should learn to respect the fundamentals.

Without the fundamentals of dressage - this ancient old style of riding, you have nothing and you will have allot of holes in your education, your riding and your horses education/training.

You don't have to like it - but knowledge and respect is a must to riding of all disciplines, especially english.
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post #29 of 150 Old 03-25-2009, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Skippy! View Post
omg i made an opinion on something and i may get slayed for it!


Dressage is "alright" in my opinion. Very neat to see the horse move like that, but I would never compete in it myself. I would not consider myself a fan though. I would much prefer other competitions.

Proverbs 12:10, A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast...
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post #30 of 150 Old 03-25-2009, 07:29 PM
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I don't really do much dressage... but flat work is fine as long as we don't do the same thing for to llong.
I <3 jumping, though.
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