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post #1 of 13 Old 09-17-2010, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Lessons with new dressage instructor...

Sorry.... I know it's somewhat long unlike most of my posts...

I ranted in Training (I believe) section while back that the instructor I used to take lessons with (successful eventer) called my horse "useless" for anything but some trail riding. Because she's long in body, not breed and build for any dressage or jumping, will NEVER collect or move straight, and so on. Now for those who trail ride don't take it as an offense please (I try to take my girls on trails at least once/week, and I truly think confident trail ride horse worth it's weight in gold). I got lots of support and encourangment in that thread, BTW.

While I don't hold my breath about my horse's confo, it's pretty tiring (not to say unpleasant) to hear all that every other lesson, so... I looked for a different instructor. Dressage lady recommended to me by several local people.

So far I had 4 lessons. And the instructor got on my qh last lesson. I warned her that my old instructor rode her twice and she bucked at WTC both times with very pissy expression on her face. She gave it a try anyway. Jemma was propelling her tail like crazy and half-pinned her ears... May be for the first 5 mins. Then she realized I'm still in ring not going anywhere and person on her back is NOT trying to push her into something she can't handle. I could see that - tail relaxed, ears went up, and she started to try her best to understand what's asked. In those 20 mins the instructor (who is very experienced) put her if not on bit, at least to the bit. And said she's very smart.

Anyway, I want to share some before and after pics. And as always any suggestions and critique are welcome! (hands on after pics are not close intentionally - that's how I'm asked to ride until my horse will get more trained).

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Looks like a huge improvement! Congrats!

She looks like she is more relaxed and working in the after pics :)

I think its ignorant of some instructors to say that a horse is useless for a specific discipline just because the horse isnt built or bred for it.

Every horse (and rider) can learn something from each discipline regardless of if they are going to place in a show for that discipline.
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Looks like a huge improvement! Congrats!

She looks like she is more relaxed and working in the after pics :)

I think its ignorant of some instructors to say that a horse is useless for a specific discipline just because the horse isnt built or bred for it.

Every horse (and rider) can learn something from each discipline regardless of if they are going to place in a show for that discipline.
Thank you! Yes, she's much more forward, rhythmic, and (hopefully) coming off that heavy forehand. So will see how she'll go!
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Lovely horse! I too started dressage with a lively, daisy-cutting QH, and it's one reason, I think, I stayed with it. Dressage became a daily therapy, everything we did was corrective, from straightening to balance, learning to get over little conformational problems (like she'd trip herself when cantering, even in the pasture.) But the main thing was, she was SMOOTH, so easy to sit. When most the beginners I knew were suffering through the bounce, I was able to think about more interesting things, like aids and figures. But yes, I wasted money on a few teachers who couldn't get past her low, thrifty way of going.
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what a great improvement! Looks like this instructor is really working for you and your horse!

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Yeah congrats on finding a great teacher! And btw your horse is beautiful!

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Congrats on finding a good match. It's tough when you don't have the "correct" horse for dressage. Whatever correct is. Lol. The improvement in just 4 lessons is amazing. Not only does your horse look better, but you do too. I love the breeches.
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-19-2010, 01:04 PM
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Do you mind me asking who the trainer is? I am also in MD and I remember your thread about dressage trainers in MD so I was just wondering who you went with.
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