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Beginning Dressage..?

So there is a lady here who said she would do some schooling with Hunny and I for dressage. I love dressage. It is probably in the top 3 of my favorite disciplines not only to watch but to participate in. I have done some really minor dressage movements bareback on Hunny and on another horse I used to own and I love it. Hunny responds incredibly well to leg commands, and she is super smart so I'm not to worried. But what should I really expect? I don't know anything official about dressage....Like whats the scoring system? What kind of dress outfit should I be wearing for a show? I don't quite know what to expect and I don't know what is expected of me. Any help? Also what all do I need? I don't want to get Hunny fit for any saddles until I can get her topline in order, but what else do I need? I often see photos of dressage horses with the boots or wraps on their legs. Why? If I do show Hunny what do I do with her mane? Is a running braid acceptable? What would I do with her forelock if the rest of her mane is in a running braid? :/ lay it on me people! I am really excited to do this but kinda nervous at the same time

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you are pretty far ahead of yourself, though your enthusiasum is charming.

If you think you will spend much time doing dressage, then you will probably have more success all around in a dressage saddle, as opposed to a jump saddle. one can do basic stuff in any saddle, and a western saddle might actually put you in the closest alignment to what you would have in a dressage saddle. but, a dressage saddle itself will give a nice connection, and help you feel more immersed in the study.

There are tons of books , literally tons of books about dressage. IT is a very old discipline. check out any one that is handy. AT first, not much of it will make sense, but in time, reread it and it will start to come clear.

The other things, can all wait.
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