So I was just wondering, if you can practice dressage in a normal saddle. Not to where it's show worthy, but just working on doing some of the moves like extending on the trot and canter, shortening on the trot and canter etc. And also I don't have a dressage saddle atm but am looking for one :) and this also ties into the eventing info below..
Absolutely!! I school dressage in a jumping saddle all the time. The only setback is that a jumping saddle doesn't encourage the best leg position when the stirrup leathers are the longer length best for dressage.
As for cross country. My horse is very picky with the jumps at my barn. He can do jumps BEAUTIFULLY if you face him towards the barn. But if you jump him the opposite way then right when he lands he does a quick turn, which always knocks me off balance. I've never fallen off that way but I did when we were cantering a few months ago when he was REAL sour about turning away from the barn. So my main question about this one is, 1) how can you condition your horse to not be a finicky jumper and/or not refusing (he sometimes refuses the jumps if they don't face the barn) and 2) how can you make the jumps in your ring look cross country-ish..we don't have a xc course so no luck there.
That really is not an uncommon problem. Horses always prefer to be in a "herd" when they are tense. If the herd is at the barn....
When I jump away from the barn, I think much more aggressively forward, if the horse is barn sour. I will hold my hands in a wide position (base wide) on either side of the neck. This helps channel the horse forward, making it a bit harder to turn. Think to look up and towards the distance to encourage him to canter on. Praise him for keeping straight.If he turns, DO NOT CIRCLE HIM. Make him turn back around....for instance, If he turns to the right after the jump, MAKE him turn back left and go back away from the barn. Circling sends the message that the turn was "kinda" OK.
Just make yourself doubly aggressive toward the jumps away from the barn.
And lastly about the eventing. Eventing is 3 things, dressage, xc, and show jumping right? Well can you take your horse that isn't very good at one of them (mine is dressage) and still go to have fun.. Or will people be like omg this horse sucks please go away lol.
Why not? If people think you aren't taking the dressage phase seriously, so what? Do what you can, as well as you can...and have fun. As you go along, you will improve, as you learn.
This is probably really conjumbled and everything because I've stopped like 3 times typing it. But all I'm looking for is some help with this. Thanks so much :)
Not confusing at all.