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SEAmom 01-20-2013 04:55 PM

Western dressage
 
My trainer is strongly encouraging me to try a could of western dressage shows this year.

I know so little about this since it's such a relatively new discipline. Does anyone know much about it? Anyone shown in any of these classes?

nvr2many 01-20-2013 04:58 PM

Oh, would love to learn more about this...

paintedpastures 01-20-2013 05:21 PM

there has been discussions on this forum before,may want to take a read:wink:
http://www.horseforum.com/horse-ridi...oughts-144228/
http://www.horseforum.com/horse-talk...essage-140400/

SEAmom 01-20-2013 05:54 PM

Didn't see that before! Thanks!
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bsms 01-20-2013 05:55 PM

I've commented (OK, shot my mouth off) a lot on some of the other threads. But you know, if it gets you out having fun doing things with your horse...have at it. Not my cup of tea, but LOTS of things fall in THAT category. Just promise us you'll report back on what you see and think...:wink:

SEAmom 01-20-2013 09:35 PM

My horse is a pretty forward moving horse, so I don't think we could successfully do western dressage. Not to mention I'm not a "western" show person. I did see that you can show in a snaffle bit, though. That's nice. They're a lot cheaper than show curbs and I don't really want/need to use a curb with my 4 year old.

I will say that having my trainer encouraging it makes me think he might have some level of success. At least at lower levels. I might consider trying to find a way to take him in an intro level 1 class this spring. I just have to find a ride and whatnot.

It can't hurt just to give it a shot, right?

longride 01-20-2013 11:09 PM

Forward is good for Western Dressage. Think long trot to get across country, not a slow jog like WP.

SEAmom 01-20-2013 11:23 PM

That's what my trainer said as well. She said they look for the natural motion and gait.
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core 01-21-2013 07:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SEAmom (Post 1852919)
My trainer is strongly encouraging me to try a could of western dressage shows this year.

I know so little about this since it's such a relatively new discipline. Does anyone know much about it? Anyone shown in any of these classes?



Article on western dressage:
Western Dressage: Are you still confused? - USEF Network



* NAWD requires snaffle bits from Level 1 to Level 3.


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