Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
Above post was pretty good at hitting everything, so just a few notes of my own opinion ...
As for the braiding in dressage, I would say definitely. Dressage is a very 'clean' disciplene, so it can only help, and I would worry about being deducted points if I didn't braid.
Though the saddle, you can probably do without the specific Dressage and CC saddles. An AP or just CC should be fine if it's just a schooling or local show. The judges are people too, I'm sure they realize not everybody can afford to have seperate saddles at all levels. Now, when you get higher up in class, and ranked shows, you might want to consider making that purchase.
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