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post #41 of 150 Old 04-08-2009, 08:39 AM
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I used to never, ever do dressage at my old barn. It was always jumps, jumps and more jumps. We rarely ever worked on the flat except for the bare minimum walk, trot, canter.

Then I moved to my new barn and the difference is amazing. I started takeing dressage lessons once a week once I got my horse. It's been a year or so since I started and everything has improved since. My horse is now ready to come into a frame which is going to be a huge goal to set because he is not what you would call the "typical" dressage horse. Before we focused on moving forward, having impulsion, and snappier transitions. Both me and my horse have improved SOO much since taking dressage lessons. Also, my jumping is so much better also. I find it much easier to adjust strides and make tight turns. I don't think I could survive riding without my dressage lessons and my dressage trainer.
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post #42 of 150 Old 04-08-2009, 11:05 AM
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Just curious, for all of those riders who hate dressage(particularly those who ride in a ring, not the pleasure/trail people), what do you do when you ride?!
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post #43 of 150 Old 04-10-2009, 11:09 AM
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Dressage is the hardest, most rewarding equestrian sport out there. And I'm proud to say I do it. I've done western, hunt, trail, games, saddleseat, starting to learn to drive, and a bit of reining and jumping, and none of them compare to dressage.

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post #44 of 150 Old 04-11-2009, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by IheartPheobe View Post
If you dont like dressage you'd better get your butt out of that saddle and quit.
Think about it like.. doing a jumping course? You're saying the only part of the course you like is going over the jumps? ^-^ Cause, seriously, most of riding, if not all of riding- yeah, scratch that, all of riding, is really dressage. You will never make it over a jump if your gait isn't right. Do you do a five foot jump from a walk? haha.

Rupert knows a lot more of dressage than I expected. His canter is amazing. His transitions are really smart- he only goes if your position is good. He always has the right lead and before I manage to act for a flying lead change, he does it himself! He's very good at leg yields but we don't practice them often. His collected\extended trots are amazing, too. <33 him.
you dont have to do dressage to ride tons of people don't do it and i don't plan on it!
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post #45 of 150 Old 04-12-2009, 10:32 AM
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I train horses in dressage so i guess i would have to like it. but my quarter horse is only hunter jumper and western i don`t do dressage with him. but my 2 year old is probable going to be an eventer and dressage horse

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post #46 of 150 Old 04-16-2009, 06:17 PM
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Please remember dressage is not all fancy smancy cues and blah!
If you're going to be posting when you trot- DRESSAGE!
If you're cantering to a jump- DRESSAGE!
Deciding on your striding? DRESSAGE!
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post #47 of 150 Old 04-16-2009, 08:54 PM
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It is funny to read this forum. When I used to ride hunter jumper, I used to think that I was never going to do dressage. I now know how ignorant this notion was. When I did lessons "on the flat", I was doing dressage. My trainers just never called it that because it was a hunter jumper barn.

I whole heartily agree with IheartPheobe.
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post #48 of 150 Old 04-16-2009, 09:28 PM
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you dont have to do dressage to ride tons of people don't do it and i don't plan on it!
And that's why these riders and horses have holes in their education and training. Poor horses.

When you enter the show ring, and compete against those who have solid basic dressage under their belts, will clean house, leaving those with the lack of education - behind.
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post #49 of 150 Old 04-16-2009, 09:53 PM
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On my old pony, I didnt do much dressage because he was in no way shape or form a dressage horse. He couldnt get into a frame but we worked hard and still got decent scores.

After I started getting more advanced and leasing a few horses (as well as buying Winston) I learned how important dressage is. It helps me stay balanced and in control on my OTTB, it keeps him supple and alert in jumping, and it has helped his stops and transitions. He already had fantastic gaits and a nice round frame... I just had to teach him how to be supple, stretch, and stay in frame. I now have him doing leg yields, and on my last dressage test I got a 24!! (scored eventing style) Even on a lower level test I will take that score anyway!! :)

By learning how to do dressage I have become a better and stronger rider. I am actually starting to enjoy it on my new horse Winston and because he is young and still has some holes, it is mostly what I have been doing.

I agree with MIEventer and IHeartPhoebe. No matter what discipline, it can always involve some sort of flatwork or dressage.
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post #50 of 150 Old 04-18-2009, 11:30 PM
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BTW I like this thread. Especially when I go back through and look at other peoples posts and replys... :P
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