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post #11 of 41 Old 11-07-2010, 09:22 AM
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yes but I've heard its just very difficult where you must have tight leg muscles, posture, and of course being able to give movements with nearly being invisable. Then I was told I should learn basic english before learning something as a challenging as dressage.....are they right?
A lot of dressage riders I know also do pilates. There is even a dvd out there "pilates for dressage" that is really good...I think you can find it on the Sarah Martin website (she's a great dressage trainer that does clinics around the country). All of my trainers say it's about having a very strong inner core more than strong legs as you use your core more for the signals than legs.

Oh, and I used to ride western too and the first time I rode english....I slid right out of the saddle within the first minute!! Ha ha....so you aren't alone with that.
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hahaha alright thank you everyone (so far XD) but maybe I was told wrong. All I have heard right now was, "Dressage is hard." "You should do basic english." (ground word, jumping, staying in saddle x]) Stuff like that, and I don't mind doing circles since I run around barrels all the time hahaha! I really want to too, I've always thought it looked graceful and I thought it was amazing how you hardly ever saw them giving them commands and I wanted to do it ever since.
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Do I learn dressage???

I have heard about the pilates thing aswell. A lot of riders seem to do it. I have to look up the DVD you mentioned. I am not a person to go to a lesson for it.
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I'm learning dressage. I have my second lesson today =D I was NERVOUS and wasn't sure what I was going to get myself into but I LOVED IT!!!! It does hurt at first but you will have a nice balanced seat. Also ride bareback..it helps to gain balance.
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Do I learn dressage???

I have a balanced seat now aswell. And my back doesn't hurt as much as it usually does at work. Dressage works for me. But then, it is the only kind of riding so far I have been taught. I hope you like it as much as I do Gidget.
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hahaha alright thank you everyone (so far XD) but maybe I was told wrong. All I have heard right now was, "Dressage is hard." "You should do basic english." (ground word, jumping, staying in saddle x]) Stuff like that,
These people obviously never understood the concept of dressage or were taught by someone that didn't understand what dressage is.

Dressage at its simplest form is simply good riding. There is no "English" riding separated from "Dressage" riding for even in the simplest request doing something such as trail riding the basics of dressage are a help to you. Ground work is in fact one of the basic training maneuvers to develop the horse to perform the advanced requirements of the higher levels

Like most disciplines it can be taken to its highest form and it is unfortunate that people think that dressage begins at the Grand Prix level.
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Thanks I was only told rather negative things and wasn't sure now I want too. First I will gotta find a CHEAP trainer that's nearby... Now if anyone has tips to prepare for dressage while I look that would b helpful...x]
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Spyder said it all.

From my point of view I have to add I've been trail riding for while and started formal dressage lessons just 2.5 months ago, and I must say there is a difference in riding for me and my horses. So I'd say go for it. My only suggestion is look for a good trainer (check recommendations, watch couple lessons). I wasted almost a year of time + bunch of money on 3 trainers learning almost nothing before I found the trainer I'm working with now.
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oooooooo ok thanks I will be careful
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Dressage at its simplest form is simply good riding. There is no "English" riding separated from "Dressage" riding for even in the simplest request doing something such as trail riding the basics of dressage are a help to you.
Yes. If you take lessons from a good school you will learn dressage by default.
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