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        03-01-2008, 10:29 PM

    Ok so I don't really care for dressage that much but yea I was thinking since I am riding english and all plus I am probably going to get lessons soon to make myself better. My trainer wants me to get dressage lessons since my trainer is only western she can't help me too much with all the english stuff. So she says it would be better to start dressage and go to jumping because I can learn better basics and stuff that way. So I most likely will start dressage. Well I really want to do something with Junior to show him in a kid show or something. Do you think I could teach him dressage moves? Like basic ones? How do I do this? He is a foundation quarter horse and has been western most of his life until now.
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        03-02-2008, 11:40 AM
    If you haven't had much experience in the English saddle to begin with, I wouldn't suggest doing much until you get your lessons. That way, you have an instructor right beside you and will be able to correct anything right there.
    Plus, if I had a student switching to English from western, I personally would like to start with a blank slate.
    It's great you're wanting to learn, but with an instructor there you just get that extra edge.. there's only so much we can do by typing away and not seeing what works with you and your horse.
        03-02-2008, 12:12 PM
    Of course you can teach him basic ground work. Taking some lessons will clarify some kinks between you and your horse as well as improve, tune and refine your riding position.

    A good dressage lesson every once in a while always does good, no matter your level of riding.
        03-02-2008, 07:26 PM
    I'm not going to straight out start teaching him dressage stuff right now i'm going to take lessons first I just want to know what type of things you need to know to teach a horse.

    I am not even riding in my english saddle at the moment anyway because I need a new girth because the other one slides back and I don't want to irritate him or get thrown because of it.
        03-02-2008, 09:50 PM
    Green Broke
    All dressage really is is riding in a way that increases his submission, balance, impulsion, etc and makes them overall more "ridable". The first levels of dressage are really just practicing 3 good gaits. I'd wait to do the "fancy" stuff with a trainer since you're lucky enough to have that option and just really work on keeping a nice forward and steady walk/trot/canter. You can practice making nice straight cuts across the diagonal, smooth 20 and 10 m circles, balanced changes of directions, etc.

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