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        10-14-2008, 10:14 PM
      #21
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by sempre_cantando    
    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???
    When I became interested in Dressage, I didnt relise how DIFFICULT it is to do a 'perfect' circle.. the leg position, pelvis rotation, hands in right positon, right flexion... and the list goes on. It truely is challenging disipline... and so many people over look it, as a 'boring' thing to do.. In my opinion, I would much rather have a 1h lesson with a knowledgable instructor then go trial riding.

    All to there own I suppose
         
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        10-15-2008, 10:05 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    I always wanted to do a freestyle to Justin Timberlake's "brining sexy back" lol...you can just see the tempi's and piaffes in that song!
         
        10-15-2008, 03:44 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    I have done it once at Anglesey county and came second
    I did it to 3 songs from Oliver Twist (musical)
    - Consider yourself (trot)
    - Food glorious food (walk)
    - Oliver, Oliver! (canter)
         
        10-16-2008, 10:46 PM
      #24
    Showing
    Everyone should do dressage on a regular basis. It will tune both you and your horse up and improve your communication. It's about riding in harmony with your horse and improve your partnership regardless of your discipline.
    I personally love watching people flatting. The tests themselves are quite boring but the rest I find quite interesting.
         
        10-16-2008, 11:06 PM
      #25
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sempre_cantando    
    I ask for a trot, she collects for me and goes nicely. Then I'm like... ok she's going nicely... what now? Lol !
    Hmmmmmmm
    Your problem is you are not thinking ahead. On a typical ride (and I am not even working the horse for a show) would be like this.

    Initial walk for approx 5 min which includes bending and flexing with shoulder in to left and right and half pass left and right to ensudre he is listening to me.

    Start posting trot to the right followed by 1 or 2 12 M circles, diagonal change with circle or two to the left. Walk and re-focus horse on me and initiate sit trot. During sit trot shoulder in for 6-8 steps and convert to renvers. Revert back to shoulder in and lengthen to other side of the arena, half turn and travers the other long side and convert to shoulder in push to medium trot for 6 steps and halt. Walk with half pirouette with leg yield straighten and ask for canter. After a couple circles then through diagonal with simple change through walk and initiate new canter with a few circles . Cross diagonal with flying change and another flying change through next diagonal. Along straight way 2-4 tempis on the third or forth stride followed by halt. Ask for counter canter around arena, cross diagonal and flying change to do counter canter on other leg maintaining counter canter around arena.

    Now that I have him warmed up I may add piaffe, passage or work on collected trot or collected canter.

    Boring...depends on what you call boring.
         
        10-16-2008, 11:16 PM
      #26
    Showing
    Dressage, until you get to the "higher levels" can be very boring. Then you build up to start a piaffe or a pirouette, and all of a sudden you LOVE dressage.
    I love Dressage because it's a very precise sport, and in the end it helped me with my jumping as well. I love the feeling of being one with my horse, having those invisable cues and ... okay I'll admit it, I LOVE it when I can wow some people watching my work.
         
        10-17-2008, 04:11 AM
      #27
    Foal
    Dressage is the basis of everything. That's why I like it, it allows you to go into anything.

    Someone said the other day, and I totaly agree, If you don't like dressage it's because you don't understand it.
         
        10-17-2008, 12:21 PM
      #28
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by lizzie_magic    
    Dressage is the basis of everything.

    That's my motto
         
        10-17-2008, 03:51 PM
      #29
    Showing
    Speaking of dressage, I'm a hunter jumper. In my lessons lately, we've been mixing dressage in with our flatwork & jumping! For example, we've done a lot of leg-yields & stuff like that. It's fun!
         
        10-17-2008, 07:30 PM
      #30
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PoptartShop    
    Speaking of dressage, I'm a hunter jumper. In my lessons lately, we've been mixing dressage in with our flatwork & jumping! For example, we've done a lot of leg-yields & stuff like that. It's fun!
    Dressage will help your jumping dramatically. I used to be a die-hard hunter/jumper, but started having touble with the 3'3" and bigger jumps, such as with distances and tight turns.
    My coach made me take 6 months off and do strictly dressage. I was mad at first, but it got fun when I advanced and was able to do bigger and better stuff. Then when we did our first course after that hiatus, it was night and day.
    It makes me actually mad to hear coaches or riders say "oh well I'm a XX rider, so I don't need to do dressage." No, dressage will help just about any discipline. It's the basis of good riding, and I firmly believe each and every rider should have a solid basis in dressage before moving on to jumping.
         

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