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post #1 of 14 Old 01-07-2009, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Lol Dressage

This was our first (and only) Dressage show from over the summer.. Lmfao we only had like 3 "Dressage" lessons prior to the show which basically consisted of memorizing the course. We didn't work on form or anything which is why we kinda suck. I don't normally ride Dressage hence the close contact saddle and green show coat :3

He's not actually downhill, although the angle of the photo makes him look as though he is very much so in this particular shot.

Our scores were I believe a 61% and a 62.5%. Took 4th both times.



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post #2 of 14 Old 01-07-2009, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Moar peektorz

I know my hands are way too far forward in some of these, but that's how my old trainer taught me. I swear. She was always like HANDS UP FARTHER FORWARD. My new trainer yells at me for it all the time lmao.







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You look just fine.
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-07-2009, 07:11 PM
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lol..im not a dressade person either and I was just wondering are you stirrups suppose to be shorter?? Not a critique just a question.. lol.. you and your horse look great! Keep up the good work!

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I don't think they should be shorter. I personally think they could be a little longer, but so long as you can use your calf effectively they are fine.
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I don't think they should be shorter. I personally think they could be a little longer, but so long as you can use your calf effectively they are fine.

Oh im sorry I mean shouldnt they be longer..lol.. I was talking on the phone and trying to type..haha!!

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lol I was actually wondering if you had ment that. Generally, yes, but if the rider is more comfortable with shorter stirrups and has a more stable leg that way, that is more important.
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lol I was actually wondering if you had ment that. Generally, yes, but if the rider is more comfortable with shorter stirrups and has a more stable leg that way, that is more important.

Oh ok.. thanks!

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I agree with longer stirrups! To improve your hand position bend your elbows. I lock my elbows but my hands go down when I do that. With your elbows bent you'll have softer contact with your horse and he'll be more receptive.
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-07-2009, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, my old trainer told me to have this HUGE forceful contact on my horse's mouth, which in turn made him stick his nose way out 'cause he doesn't like heavy hands, which pulled my elbows forward. I know my arms are absolutely awful.

As for the stirrups, yes actually we lowered them a hole or two for the second class. That's my jumping saddle; we just went to the show for the h.ell of it, I'm not a serious Dressage rider, so my trainer was like whatever just ride with your stirrups short. To be honest I think they look a little short even for jumping in those pictures; I'm pretty sure they're a bit lower now.

Thanks for the crit guys x) I'm not trying to be defensive of my position if I come off that way; everything you've said I agree with. :3

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