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post #1 of 6 Old 05-17-2009, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Is this worth it? Dressage

Has anyone ever heard of Ruth Sabine Vogt? She apparently wrote "Feeling Dressage" and is an FEI trainer from Germany. She does lessons out at the new barn but they run about 65$ an hour. Im not wanting to become an amazing dressage rider I just want to learn the basics and have someone on the ground to critique what I am doing and show me how to work with Diesel better.

So is it worth the money? Has anyone ever heard of her? Should I just stick with a local trainer?


ETA: Oops, here is her website: http://www.capricorndressur.com/
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Well, she would definately get you going on the right track, that's for sure - and she would teach you correctly from the basics up.

But if you don't have that kind of money, a Dressage Coach/Comeptator in your area would be suffice.

Maybe ride with Vogt once in a while to fine tune you up?
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I was leaning towards something like that. Maybe take some lessons with a more affordable trainer and then take one with her once a month or so that way I'm not emptying the bank. :P

Have you ever heard of her? So far I just have heard one of her students opinions of her. If she is as big as they claim, I thought someone on here may know about her.
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Have you ever heard of her? So far I just have heard one of her students opinions of her. If she is as big as they claim, I thought someone on here may know about her.

Never heard of her but $65.00 an hour is a pretty standard fee. It is not excessive in areas that I know.
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Standard here is about $25 including a few other dressage instructors. It was standard back in Jersey, I have just been spoiled here. :P
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The standard for run of the mill dressage lessons froma decently qualified instructor go up to about $40/hr. For a very good dressage instructor whom has ridden internationally expect to pay around $75/45mins without travel, or trailer in fees. ($ in CAN)
$65 is very reasonable for a highly qualified instructor. I don't know what your dressage experience is or how motivated you are, but generally I find that as long as you know your way around a horse and know something about dressage then going for the very good instructor versus the $25/hr instructor is very well worth the money. When you are paying $75, you are paying for the person's knowledge on how to get a horse in and out of any situation. With the less experienced person, you are paying to be a "guinea pig" in some situations.
I've also never heard of this specific trainer. Make sure you first go watch some lessons and see if her language skills are good and if she can actually teach in a style you can learn from.
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