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post #11 of 35 Old 08-03-2008, 07:56 PM
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If you find dressage boring, generally it's due to the fact that you don't know what going on. Yes, it can be boring to watch, but what better feeling is there sitting on a horse and knowing that everything it's doing is due to the work you've done? horses can't talk, they dont understand us, yet throuh our bodies, we manage to get these animals, to move their bodies in ways almost un-imaginable
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post #12 of 35 Old 08-04-2008, 05:14 PM
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i find dressage the basis for any style of riding. if you want to jump you HAVE to have the basics of dressage at the very least.

if you are riding western you still use the foundations of dressage in regards to leg yielding etc

i do at times find flatwork very boring but its also exhilirating when your horse does a beautiful extended trot for the first time and you feel the power surging forwards underneath you. or any new move that you have been working on that has finally come together and it feels so good

the challenge and discipline in dressage is the thing i like the most. you can ALWAYS be learning and no one will EVER know everything about riding.

i gotta admit i much prefer jumping or something a little more 'upbeat' :)

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post #13 of 35 Old 08-04-2008, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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that's true Foxy, I do a little dressage on trail rides... i think the whole trotting endless circles around the arena kinda puts me off lol Not saying that's what you guys do, but that seems to be all I do.

I ask for a trot, she collects for me and goes nicely. Then I'm like... ok she's going nicely... what now? lol I know we're not perfect but yeah... I probably need to get lessons with an instructor who knows how to give me ideas for what to work on lol Something a little more intresting that trotting circles!

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post #14 of 35 Old 08-04-2008, 10:09 PM
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I believe dressage is the soul for all English riding. Whether you are in the dressage ring, hack ring, jumping, trail riding, games, the list goes on, it all comes back to the fundamentals of dressage.

The grace and elegance of a high level dressage rider, the bond between horse and rider, the ability to communicate a precise movement to a huge beast is just fascinating and I love going to the high level events and just watching.
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post #15 of 35 Old 08-05-2008, 03:39 AM
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
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?
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.
im very much the same. im not a big trail riding person either. i actually find trail riding more boring than "doing circles" :) i also cant just ride. i need to be constantly working on something new and getting better and better not just as a rider but as a team with my horses.

i dont like my horse not being on the bit, or supple or holding my weight properly. not just because it looks pretty but i know its better on the horse to ride this way.

oh and there is sooooooo much more to dressage than trotting circles. like you said maybe if you got some lessons and got more of an idea of a flatwork workout and some new things to work on. its more interesting when you have something to work on and to strive for :)

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post #16 of 35 Old 08-07-2008, 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by FoxyRoxy1507
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.
I agree with this but I will also add this. Dressage is only boring for those who don't have a good understanding of horse and human anatomy and physiology. Once you develop a really good understanding of all the things involved in moving with your horse in harmony with very little aids and in fluent movements you will be surprised at the new perspective you get. You will no longer find dressage boring.
Until I started to actually understand the art of dressage, I also thought dressage to be a very dull discipline. You have to understand something in order to actually enjoy it :)

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post #17 of 35 Old 10-14-2008, 10:34 AM
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As well as the obvious benefits of helping you become a better rider... I find a good session of schooling very meditive.
My horse and I get into a lovely 'bubble' of just us, where I can relax and concentrate on one thing.
Lucy - who's exceptionally forward at times - has been known to get the whole floppy ears by the end of it.

Not saying that it's always that way - particularly once when we parted company(!)... but I would highly recommend dressage for this reason alone!
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post #18 of 35 Old 10-14-2008, 11:37 AM
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I totally agree. Dressage is an excellent basis for any type of riding. I used to be in love with hunter-jumper, and I still am ... but I've had Jubilee now for one year, and have been doing dressage with her, and its amazing. Being "in tune" with your horse is the greatest thing you will ever experience when riding. Dressage has really forced me to be a perfectionist about everything. And while this is difficult and sometimes it feels I'm going backwards instead of forwards, whenever I do see progress, it was sooo worth the effort! It takes a lot of dedication and baby steps with dressage, but I really think in the end it makes you a way better rider than what you were before.

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post #19 of 35 Old 10-14-2008, 12:40 PM
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I would like to add its fun to music lol

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post #20 of 35 Old 10-14-2008, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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yes MM! I imagine it would be! I've seen it done on TV but I'm not sure if I'd be good enough to do it or know what music to use etc Do you do it personally?

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