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post #11 of 14 Old 01-28-2013, 05:25 PM
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I thought dressage was about training and the communication of said training between rider and horse. I guess it could be kind of hard to tell if someone is asking a horse to do something if they don't really know what the horse is doing. Sigh, I'll just remember after a long long ride that if I want to go a little faster the a walk I won't have to post lol
"Dressage" (capitalized) is about a highly structured competition. With the lower case "d" dressage is about training.

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post #12 of 14 Old 01-28-2013, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Why not trying a paso fino!!
I'm going with a walker because my family has history with them and Im lookin for a larger size that's why I am leaning toward them instead of Rockies if I found one with the size I'm looking for and we clicked I couldn't say with certainty I'd pass one up.
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post #13 of 14 Old 01-29-2013, 01:12 AM
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Thing is I wanna to show not big time just local everyday ribbon shows.... Does anyone show their gaited horses at these type of shows? Do the judges treat them fairly? I do not want to waste money on showing a horse just for people just not to get him. Or worse yet flat out not give him a chance I'm sure the horse truly wouldn't care and all and all it would jsut be for experience, but honestly I tend to get a little angry over judging a horse unfairly in an open breed show, because of his breed.
A few suggestions: Take a look at schooling shows. If there are riding stables in your area with good lesson programs, very often they will hold schooling shows. There may be classes that either allow gaited horses or a few classes specifically for gaited horses.

If you have some of those "regional" horse magazines in your area take a look at their websites under the events section. Some of the open schooling shows will have classes for gaited horses. Many rescue organizations also run schooling shows.

If the schooling shows don't list gaited classes, it never hurts to e-mail and ask if you can enter a gaited horse. If the show committee feels there is interest they may add an "Open Gaited Breed" class or two. Just be prepared to support the show with entries and/or sponsorships. Nothing kills gaited horse shows or classes faster than adding several gaited horse classes that end up with only 1 horse in them.

Also, research state/regional gaited horse clubs both in your own state and in surrounding states. Some of them hold shows just for gaited horses. State fairs may also have breed-specific gaited horse classes.
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post #14 of 14 Old 01-29-2013, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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They have schooling or blue ribbon shows here, infact I was a member of the association that had them when I still owned my paint mare. However they do not have gaited classes because where I live there just aren't gaited horses or very few. I've seen one here after spending a year going to every show in the area. I will still show. I know that their are more gaited horss further west and north, just not close enough for me to go to blue ribbon shows. I bet the neighboring city which is only an hour away would have classes for gaited, why didn't I think of that earlier lol
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