12-21-2008, 10:00 PM
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I just wanted to say why I like dressage. I have always been a dressage rider at heart. I started jumping at 12 years didn't like it but, that was because I wanted something more then just flying over fences with a trainer yelling at me. I would not say that my introduction to jumping was a good one. I also had some western/trail riding. I am the kind of person that must be constantly challenged or I get board. So dressage is great for me!! If you study the basics they are very very interesting because of the effects they have on the horse and rider. Even though what is going on is more subtle then the other movements its more important then the fancy stuff!! I love dressage because it causes a rider to think about things more. If a dressage rider does not give thought to what he/she is asking the horse to do it is very obvious. On the other hand when an accomplished thoughtful and hard working dressage rider gets on a horse the differencesare like night and day!! I also like it because it is such an old discipline and was used in the medieval ages.
I must admit that I was bored by it too before I really started to learn about it. But, I think it’s really cool because it can be used for every horse, every discipline and every rider that wants to learn. I know lots of people that don't like it but, most of those people are not familiar with it or refuse to learn about it.
Its nice to here everyone’s opinions about it!! Good luck with your jumping!!! :)