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..
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.
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.
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 :)