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post #1 of 8 Old 09-07-2013, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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gaited western dressage???

Very intrigued by the idea of western gaited dressage shows and was wondering if anybody knows how the testing and levels are conducted. Any help will be great. I plan to take lessons from a reputable trainer this winter but want some info to give me some idea as to what to work on specifically. (I tried to open the links on the fosh fb page but can't for some reason)
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-08-2013, 01:00 AM
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I can't give advice on western gaited dressage but you can find a group on FB for gaited dressage. They may have someone there to give you advice.
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I've never shown in this, but I did take dressage lessons with my walker and it was awesome for her suppleness. I really enjoyed it.
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Gaited western dressage? I have never even heard of this... Sounds like a lot going on... heh.

Have fun either way!
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-08-2013, 02:26 PM
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I do gaited dressage with mine. I've never seen the western gaited dressage. I'm wondering if it would be the same?
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Most likely. I think they all have the same core beliefs, which can be expressed in different ways, or patterns. Expressing suppleness, throughness, straightness, relaxed and attentive. (did I miss any?) And it's all the same balanced position, shoulder, hip and heel.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-16-2013, 11:50 PM
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I went to a normal gaited dressage event recently, and got talking to some women about it. I told them that I am interested, but ride a walker. Two women had experience riding their gaited horses in western dressage events. I don't know if you have found western events that are FOR gaited horses, or just western dressage events in general. These women both told me that most of the judges only had experience with Quarter Horses and the likes, and some would mark them down. They said that a knowledgeable judge will compensate for the gaited horse, but some will not, and that if you aren't going for scores but are doing it for suppleness, respect, relaxation, ect., that it is totally worth it :)

I also plan on doing Western dressage on my gaited horse. Good luck!

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post #8 of 8 Old 11-02-2013, 11:30 AM
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The main reason I show my gaited horse at schooling dressage shows is to get feedback from a dressage judge on where we are at in our training. Where we are at in balance, bending, forwardness, connection, relaxation, rhythm, impulsion, submission, riding position and use of aids, and harmony. These are universal dressage qualities whether the horse gaits or trots.

Speaking of gaited dressage tests, I know of two organizations that have developed gaited dressage tests: National Walking Horse Association (NWHA) and Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH).

For me, I have been using the National Walking Horse Association gaited dressage tests because they are the same as the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) tests (with gait in lieu of trot).

There are lots of USDF open schooling dressage shows in my area. So when I see a show I'd like to ride at, I ask the show manager ahead of time if I can ride my gaited horse at their show using the NWHA tests. So far I have not been turned down.

FOSH has developed dressage tests and a wonderful dressage manual which accommodates all naturally gaited breeds. Currently FOSH tests are being embraced by Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA). The FOSH tests would be great to introduce to gaited breed shows with IDJ judges.

Cowboy Dressage is also talking about gaited cowboy dressage tests. I am so excited that gaited dressage is a growing concept in and out of the show world.
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