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post #1 of 10 Old 05-03-2012, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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I've seen that some stables offer lessons in Basic Dressage. What is Basic Dressage and how does it differ from a stable that offers lessons in Dressage?

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Lol! My guess would be just to attract clients (or because it sounds cool). I think you have to go to dressage barn (the best) or eventing barn to get dressage lessons.

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My guess is that the instructor is only trained through first MAYBE second level so if you're looking to further train your horse, you're better off getting dressage lessons from a dressage barn/trainer.
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My guess was similar to yours that they teach beginning or low level dressage. I'm not looking for lessons with those places, I just noticed on a few websites I came across that they say they give lessons in Basic Dressage and was wondering what is considered Basic dressage.

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My guess is that the instructor is only trained through first MAYBE second level so if you're looking to further train your horse, you're better off getting dressage lessons from a dressage barn/trainer.
I bet you're right. Probably only know the "basic" concepts of seat, contact, etc for training through first levels.

It could possibly be helpful if you need to learn proper position and balance on a horse. Eventually though you will probably need to advance to a more knowledgeable instructor if you want to show in the higher levels.

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nothing wrong with that. For most riders, that's as far as they'll ever go anyway.
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Basic dressage = straightness, suppleness, connection, throughness, rythm, regularity of gait, and correct muscle development through riding from back to front.

It is the opposite of riding with the horse's back hollow, weight on the forehand, counterbent, clashing aids, and yanking the head down by the mouth to get a "headset".
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Actually all places with the trainer going only though the low levels explicitly say so (training up to Training/1st/whatever level). The "general" definition (like basic dressage) is used by the barns that has no idea what they are talking about. Those that know but don't specialize in dressage per say use the term "basic training" (and then give more details). Basic dressage sounds off to me.

P.S. I'm talking only about ads and barns in my area.

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I'm using the classical definition of dressage as training of horse and rider. Not the competitive one.
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I'm using the classical definition of dressage as training of horse and rider. Not the competitive one.
I didn't mean you, mildot. In my experience (and again I'm only talking about what I run into in my area) when trainer says "train basic dressage" it's the best to pass on this trainer. I do think "correct basic training" (= to all you mentioned) is by far more appropriate and less confusing statement for those who are not into dressage or even english riding.

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