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    09-10-2012, 08:58 AM
our western dressage debut !

Pic overload lol

Me and my pony scout went to our first western dressage show a couple weekends ago. Heres some pictures =]

We actually did really really well. We won both our western dressage classes and dressage trail ! We scored 63%, 64% and 75%. Scout hates dressage so I was really pleased with him. The place that ran the show wouldnt let me show in a hat so I just warmed up in it =[
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    09-10-2012, 11:08 AM
Green Broke
Wahoooo!! Good job!!:)

The fact that they wouldn't let you wear your hat is weird, but there are plenty of threads on that:P

One thing I would fix is your empty hand. Instead of placing it on your leg (I used to do this a loooot) put your hand even with the rein hand, think like you are holding a gun and point it towards your horses bit. Keep it nice and relaxed. I'm trying to find an example picture that shows what I am talking about. The hand on the thigh can make you look tense, so maybe even Rommel reins if you have difficulty giving that hand a job (like me lol):P
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    09-10-2012, 11:08 AM
Green Broke
And might I also say you have a LOVELY seat!
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    09-10-2012, 11:13 AM
I complained about having to wear a helmet A LOT. Because the organizer said I could wear a hat, and western dressage rules say you can wear a hat. And they didnt tell me I had to wear a helmet until I was already warmed up.... they said next time they will have a waiver for people who don't want to wear a helmet lol but it didnt help me much !

I was advised by my western friends to put my hand on my leg because im not used to riding one handed and they said my hand would look more still if I put it on my leg.

Thanks lol =] I just have a good pony
    09-10-2012, 11:39 AM
Super Moderator
Good job!!!
I am getting really keen on the idea of Cowboy dressage myself so I'm glad that you posted
The helmet thing is an insurance clause I would think - I'm afraid we all be ruled by events insurance or our own health insurance soon where helmets are concerned
Attached a link to the Cowboy Dressage channel - it looks as if riding with the reins in two hands is more normal in this type of Western competition

    09-10-2012, 11:46 AM
Thanks !

I rode one test 2 handed and one test 1 handed. Per the rules you can do either, you can also ride in a snaffle with a horse of any age. For me it just seemed odd to ride 2 handed bc I wasnt riding in a snaffle....

I also would have been fine riding with a helmet, except that they told me I could ride in a hat and then took it back at the last minute.
    09-10-2012, 12:34 PM
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In my opinion, in that video, there is way too much contact on a curb for it to be a good example of western riding. I really dislike how western dressage is reinventing english carriage.

I would love to see a test done in correct western frame with a real jog and lope.
    09-10-2012, 01:14 PM
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I have to agree with AF. If this new sport is going to be Western, then the rider should ride one handed, neck rein and have a very light contact.
I could not do that . Absolutely could not get the kind of movements you want in dressage with one hand on a curb bit. IT takes tremendous talent and training to be able to do that.
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    09-10-2012, 01:22 PM
So cute! So fun!

Is there a rule about having "typical" Dressage carriage?
Like, if I went in and did the pattern like I would a horsemanship pattern, would I get knocked down?

Like this girl?

I want to do western dressage, but like others said, I don't want to ride english in a western saddle, lol.
    09-10-2012, 01:25 PM
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That's a wonderfully responsive horse.

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