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post #1 of 16 Old 06-29-2008, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Just Wondering...

I'm just wondering, how long did everyone do their 'basic' horse riding lessons before moving on to any type of discipline?

Right now I am a very beginner in the saddle, I am just learning the basics, my over all goal is to excel in dressage. Just wondering how everyone went about doing their beginner's training, and how long before you went on to your final discipline, if you have one?

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-29-2008, 11:14 PM
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hmm..honestly I think I went almost year with just flat work exercises before I jumped anything. That may be longer than most people because for some reason I had this strange fear of cantering..lol but I got over it and progressed. So It was about 11 months before I started jumping, hunters and eq. are my main focuses right now.

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post #3 of 16 Old 06-29-2008, 11:25 PM
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Hrm...I want to say I was on the longe for 4 or 5 months before I was actually allowed to pick up the reins.
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I was talking about this yesterday ... I don't think I'll be able to really ride during the university year, so that just gives me four months of riding now, and four months next summer, and so on. With the three months I have to go, I don't think I'll have time to move on to anything specialised. I'd love to one day ride cross-country, but that takes years and years of practice. I would like to start jumping, but dressage sounds good too ...

I guess when you're this new to it it's all so much fun and all such a challenge that it all looks like a great prospect xD

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post #5 of 16 Old 06-30-2008, 05:27 AM
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Umm I think I was riding about 6 months before my first dressage comp, a Walk Trot, and from then I went on to as many shows and comps as I could get to. I started jumping after about a yr of riding, and then did a yr of comps before taking a yr of competing and now I just want to concentrate on dressage. My mare was at Novice leval (we'd only just started that leval) before I retired her, and my baby we just broke should be ready to start local low leval comps (maybe pony club prelim) within the next couple months.
Ive not even been riding 5 yrs yet.
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post #6 of 16 Old 06-30-2008, 09:02 AM
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i took lessons for 5 years(!) before the instructor and i were able to convince my parents to make the leap to horse-ownership. 3 months after purchasing Justin and acclimating to the new barn, I rode saddleseat for the first time...three days later I had my first show saddleseat and got 3rd out of 16 :). Talk about beginners luck!

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post #7 of 16 Old 06-30-2008, 09:21 AM
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Never took a lesson in my life. I just read the little instruction book that came with my horse.

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post #8 of 16 Old 06-30-2008, 09:42 AM
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Growing up(lived in Europe) all they had available near my house was a B&B that offered trail riding and basic flatting lessons(Amazing place). I quickly became a regular there and ended up riding pretty much every horse in the barn (had my favorite mare ).

Once we moved here, the barn I took lessons at was a Hunter/Jumper facility. I had always wanted to jump so when I moved to that barn, to me it was a dream come true.

Years later after riding actively and have owning tbs I ended up having a gelding with an injury which prevented him from jumping so for a period of 2 years we did dressage.

I find eventing to dangerous and dressage, tho I love it is something I could only stand doing once or twice a week. Jumping is what I have always loved doing
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post #9 of 16 Old 07-01-2008, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, so I figure a year with flat work being more comfortable with trotting and cantering, learning how to steer the horse lol and working on my serpentines and diagonals would be best.

Then I'd like to move on to English riding, Is it possible to start training for dressage with out owning a horse??

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post #10 of 16 Old 07-01-2008, 12:13 PM
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Not sure I understand your question. You mean taking dressage lessons on a different horse? or by not riding at all?

Reading books is to difficult if you don't have the background knowledge. It would be to hard for you to make sense of things. There are videos on dressage or even jumping you could watch tho as with the books, unless you have some background knowledge it would be difficult.

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