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        06-16-2013, 11:52 PM
      #11
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Corazon Lock    
    Hah, well my horse is a little out of shape as am I. We do a riding lesson once a week for an hour - spend 1/4 trotting, 1/4 working out other stuff (cantering, circling, whatever) and 1/2 jumping. I plan on hacking out more at home, but to actually practice anything, I have to wait until our grass field is cut.

    What should I be practicing for dressage, specifically? I guess faster transitions for us, and nicer circles. And getting Casper straight. And on the bit. Oh, I think I just found out what we should practice lol.
    Even rhythm, straightness, nice clean transitions, circles that are actually circles, having your horse accepting contact and seeking contact.

    Best of luck!!
         
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        06-16-2013, 11:56 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I would print out the bn tests and practice those, that should give you a good idea of what you need to work on.

    I have shown at catalpa, although not for a few years, and it is the type of event where you do dressage and xc the first day and stadium the second.this means you need to wear your hunt coat for stadium.

    As for braiding, you don't have to, but probably everyone else will be, so braid for dressage. You do not need s dressage saddle and you will not get marked down for not having one.

    And have fun! Catalpa is a great event!
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        06-17-2013, 12:00 AM
      #13
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by xJumperx    
    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.
    You won't get marked down for not braiding, my pony looks terrible braided and I won tons of events on him with no braids!
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        06-18-2013, 04:49 PM
      #14
    Trained
    Yeah, don't worry about braiding for schooling shows. I've been doing very well in dressage this year sans braids.
         
        06-18-2013, 05:39 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    But Catalpa is a two day event. So I should braid then, right? Sigh...I hope dressage braids are easier than hunter/jumper ones!

    Oh, I don't need white breeches for dressage, do I? I mean, I know upper levels do, but like for BN...
         
        06-18-2013, 05:42 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Is it a recognized event or schooling show? Luckily, yes eventing braids are easier. Simple button braids. On the breeches, a light beige/tan is fine.
         
        06-18-2013, 06:45 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Recognized event.

    Also, will I need studs? Because, well, my horse is only shod in the front, and I wouldn't have a darn clue what to do with them!

    Unfortunately, there's not anywhere around that has a schooling show, except for Roebke's Run, and I can't do their schooling show because it would be too much of a show load - we have the Valley Park Stables B Show from the July 22 (I think) to the 27, and then Catalpa August 1st thru 3rd.
         
        06-18-2013, 06:51 PM
      #18
    Trained
    Okay, yes for recognized, braiding is required as far as I know. Even if it isn't, do it. Shows respect for the event.

    If your horse is barefoot behind, don't worry about studs. He will have plenty of traction in back in all but the wettest situations.
         
        06-18-2013, 08:40 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    Alrighty, I will practice my braiding skills then. :P Besides, I'm sure Casper would be one of those that looks mighty nice in braids.
         
        06-23-2013, 03:13 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Okay guys, a few more questions:

    I have SMB boots. Will they work?

    What can I wear under my protective vest? Could I do a sleeveless polo?

    Should I sign up for BN or Intro? I mean, I've never done it before, but my horse and I consistently jump 2'6" - 2'9", so....I'm not sure what I'm thinking.
         

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