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post #1 of 45 Old 04-22-2012, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Explaining dressage to a cowboy...

So.. my boyfriend grew up on his family's longhorn ranch in Texas and one of my favorite things about him is he rides regularly lol. One of the the downsides is obviously we ride differently!

He loves to tease me (all in fun of course) about my "fancy pant riding" so finally I tried to explain dressage to him. I couldn't find those videos of the dressage rider and cowboy switching horses.. so I showed him a video of Blu Hors Matine (my favorite mare RIP).

I gave up about halfway through when he said "I'd like to see you ride the fences for two days trotting like that."

*sigh*

Anyone know the videos I'm talking about? I'd dearly love to show him that it's about communication and training... just the same as him!

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I know what one your talking about, but I can't seem to find it either.

Here's a fun one though...

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I gave up about halfway through when he said "I'd like to see you ride the fences for two days trotting like that."
What is that supposed to mean? Riding is riding.

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I never ever tire of this video.
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There is a reason dressage is done in an arena. It isn't meant to be the way you trot a horse while checking fences. There is also a reason I don't canter on the trails near where I live...it isn't safe for me or the horse. Far too many rocks!

But that doesn't mean cantering isn't a part of riding. I think it would be a blast to ride a good dressage horse, and suspect a lot of dressage horses could ride a fence just fine - using a style meant for riding fences.

You won't find a lot of cowboys riding a forward seat, but that doesn't make a forward seat wrong.

As long as it is teasing, I wouldn't worry about it. Apart, maybe, from asking him if he wants to try a lesson in dressage...

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That's what I said mildot... the same way he would LOL!

Love the videos! Thank you! He's muttering to himself watching them. I want him to ride Lyric but he grumbled something about being too tall for her. She's 16.2 and solid, he's 6'4 and solid. I think they'll do fine LOL!!!

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As long as it is teasing, I wouldn't worry about it. Apart, maybe, from asking him if he wants to try a lesson in dressage...
Oh it's definitely just teasing. I'd love for him to get a lesson! I might get him one just for kicks lol!!!

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There is a reason dressage is done in an arena. It isn't meant to be the way you trot a horse while checking fences.
Sitting the trot is sitting the trot.

Just exactly does one trot a horse while checking fences?

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and suspect a lot of dressage horses could ride a fence just fine - using a style meant for riding fences.
Once again, riding is riding. Style has nothing to do with it.
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