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post #11 of 16 Old 12-08-2011, 09:57 PM
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Thanks so much! I don't know a whole lot about Dressage but it's so pretty and I'd LOVE to try it! :) Specs has a kinda short attention span, but I'm sure he could do some very basic dressage stuff.

Eventually I would like to do hunter/jumpers!

Another question... Is it illegal neckrein in English riding? ok maybe not illegal, but is it frowned upon? Specs can do both neckreining and plow reining, but I'm just curious ;).

Thanks SO much!
I'm sure you and your horse could definitely get into Dressage! And it'd help you with hunters and jumpers too :) It's a lot of fun, especially when you get it all right.

From my own experience, I usually see English riders riding with direct rein because some of the tasks you get your horse to do you need each rein independently like giving certain aids. But if you're schooling English, you could start neck reining but I think you should teach yourself and your horse to work with direct reining.

But I'm not a professional nor a show girl so you'd have to ask one of the more experienced English riders.
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NO NO NO on neck reining in English. :) If you're going to do it, you should learn to do it correctly. :)
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Thanks so much! I don't know a whole lot about Dressage but it's so pretty and I'd LOVE to try it! :) Specs has a kinda short attention span, but I'm sure he could do some very basic dressage stuff.

Eventually I would like to do hunter/jumpers!

Another question... Is it illegal neckrein in English riding? ok maybe not illegal, but is it frowned upon? Specs can do both neckreining and plow reining, but I'm just curious ;).

Thanks SO much!


It's not illegal in English riding, but most people do plow reining unless they're riding western :)
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post #14 of 16 Old 12-13-2011, 11:03 AM
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Another thing...make sure your saddle fits your horse properly. If you don't know, have somebody who does help. It makes a big difference in your horse's movement. Believe me, I just learned this the hard way. LOL
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It also helps to wear gloves.. because the first few times (since English riding requires two hands and more direct contact) the reins may give you finger rubs.

Also, you can buy one of those little leather straps that hooks onto the D rings at the front of the saddle. We call it the "Oh Sh*t" or the "YIKES!!" Strap. You can hold onto it if you feel unbalanced. But if not there's always mane :)
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-22-2011, 02:19 AM
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your sturipp should stretch from your finger tips to your arm pitt
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