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post #1 of 35 Old 08-01-2008, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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why do you like dressage?

I know there are heaps of people on here who love dressage. Don't get me wrong, I think that dressage is great for both horse and rider and I admire people that can do dressage well. However, I personally don't really like dressage because I feel its (without sounding rude)... a little on the boring side So you people out there that like dressage, why do you like dressage? I'm not going to pay anyone out, I'm just really interested in why I don't like it but others clearly love it. Perhaps I haven't given it enough of a chance... any comments???

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post #2 of 35 Old 08-01-2008, 08:35 AM
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When I'm a better rider, I really want to learn how to do dressage. As one of my friends says, it's fun to do but a bit boring to watch. The reason I like it, though, is that essentially dressage is all about being a good rider. A good dressage rider has an excellent seat and legs and hands, and can give aids subtly and clearly. They are economical and aren't fussy, busy riders, and therefore are good for the horse, because they're not confusing him or treating him harshly. On the other side, the horse is responsive and relaxed, willing and engaged, listens to the rider and does what is asked when it is asked.

Basically, I feel that dressage isn't just beautiful, but it teaches people to truly ride well. And you'll never be able to excel in other disciplines without the clarity and responsiveness that is key to dressage.

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I was taught by every good known rider I know that in english riding a little dressage is a must, esp for jumpers.

By doing dressage it teaches ur horse to be more supple and to listen to your aids more easily and accurately not to mention working on the collection and extension is very valuable in a jumper course.

All my horses that I have trained or restarted I have trained a little dressage, even if we never compete in dressage the basics are a must and we've always placed very high and gotten very good results from the horses.

And yes I do sometimes think dressage can be boring and so does my horse but compared to getting on and riding him just off without doing some dressage exercises he is a lot more stiff, whereas if I start with some dressage first he becomes a lot more rounder faster and listens a lot better and it actually improves is positioning over the jumps as well as mine. Bc doing dressage is not just for the horse but also for the rider and I believe it helps you as a rider to loosen up and listen you your horse bettter as well, but that's just my IMO.

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post #4 of 35 Old 08-01-2008, 01:01 PM
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I am a firm believer that dressage can improve almost every type of riding.
I used to be a hunter/jumper rider, and hated the thought of dressage. But I started having problems with my mare's jumping - she'd get rushy and chip fences over 3'3", so my then trainer put us on a "dressage diet" where I took 6 months off of jumping and had to do strictly dressage. Let me tell you, when we took our first fence after that 6 months, it was like night and day - we had improved so much.
It's an amazing feeling when you just have the horse...there.. with you every stride. You feel the horse working under you effortlessly (or.. you make it look that way! ;) ) and doing those advanced movements? Just breathtaking.
It's as boring as watching paint dry when you're doing the beginner stuff.. but keep with it, it gets exciting soon enough!


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post #5 of 35 Old 08-01-2008, 03:45 PM
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I'm a huge fan of dressage! Don't get me wrong, I'm a hunter/jumper girl at heart and don't plan on ever joining the "black tack" club but I do dressage on every horse I ride. It makes every horse I ride more "rideable" and significantly improves strength/balance, etc. Dressage is all about balance, precision, suppleness, being soft and in tune with your horse. Like JDI said, what discipline doesn't need that? I think it's pretty incredible when you can influence where each of your horse's 4 legs are and when, how he holds his body, where his balance, is, etc! While it may not have the fast paced excitement of something like jumpers, it can be just as exciting depending on what your goals are. To me, getting a horse to take his first quality leg yield step, or learn to submit to the bit is just as satisfying as going double clear in a tricky course. (okay, almost as satisfying :)).
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post #6 of 35 Old 08-01-2008, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the replies everyone. I can certainly see why dressage is necessary... but when it comes to the choice of working in an arena or going for a 10km trail ride.... lol I tend to chose the latter. I'll have to set myself the goal of doing some dressage at least once a week.
Anyone else got anything to add?

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thanks for the replies everyone. I can certainly see why dressage is necessary... but when it comes to the choice of working in an arena or going for a 10km trail ride.... lol I tend to chose the latter. I'll have to set myself the goal of doing some dressage at least once a week.
Anyone else got anything to add?
I'm a perfectionist. I bought Maia with the intentions of just pleasure riding on her, and now look! I can't stand just trail riding (no offence to those who do! I WISH I could not always worry about impulsion or bend!) because of my personality, I have to have a goal and need to see where I'm at.


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its essential for any type of english riding I think, and there is always a challenge! Something that needs to be improved, a new level to be achieved, and that moment where it all 'clicks' keeps you going, so it doent get that boring :)
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post #9 of 35 Old 08-02-2008, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by sempre_cantando
thanks for the replies everyone. I can certainly see why dressage is necessary... but when it comes to the choice of working in an arena or going for a 10km trail ride.... lol I tend to chose the latter. I'll have to set myself the goal of doing some dressage at least once a week.
Anyone else got anything to add?
who said you can't do dressage on a trail ride?
With my horses I used to switch it up and go trail riding all the time and we would do dressage out on the trail and the horses would never know that we were doing work. You can work on transitions and leg yields, side passes and half passes, hauches in and shoulder ins. Just be creative, this way u'll never get bored.

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post #10 of 35 Old 08-02-2008, 04:29 PM
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I don't do dressage & probably never will (I like jumping more)...but I enjoy watching it sometimes, it's very pretty!

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