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Cinnys Whinny 03-11-2013 09:00 AM

Writing a report, need you to answer this question please
First off, I just want to thank anyone who gives an answer. There is no wrong answer. Also, Dressage people, this is NOT to start an argument or conversation so please please please do not try to correct anybody, or prove what they say is wrong. There is a reason to this madness, I promise.

All non-Dressage people. Tell me your honest thoughts about what Dressage is, what you don't like about it, why you don't do it, etc. I need to know how non-Dressage people think of dressage. Be Honest.

For example, here are the thoughts I had on dressage before I started learning Dressage or going to a Dressage trainer

It's boring
The people are snobs
It's expensive
You have to have a specially bred horse, or certain breed (Lipazon, etc)
I heard that Dressage people are cruel to their horses to make them do that
It's too complicated to learn

Remember, please be honest, and please please don't argue with the opinions's for a report and when I am done I will put in my report so you all will know that there is meaning to this whole thread. If this becomes a hot thread and people start bashing other people's opinions, I will sadly request that a mod remove it because this is not about bashing...and if this happens my report that I need to get done will take longer and I will need to get my answers another way.

equiniphile 03-11-2013 09:17 AM

Now that I'm in the sport, I no longer have the stereotypes I used to, but I know that the main one I had before I started competing was that dressage riders try to pull the horses' heads down to collect them.
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wetrain17 03-11-2013 09:23 AM

I ride dressage, but one I hear is that dressage people don't know how to have fun.

equiniphile 03-11-2013 09:24 AM

Just thought of a few more I hear...

Dressage horses never get turned out.
Dressage horses are never schooled outside the arena.
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gaitless 03-11-2013 09:51 AM

I love to watch dressage. Looks like the horse and rider are dancing.

1. It's expensive.
2. It's difficult to do.
3. Takes a lot of training for horse and rider. (but don't most events?)
4. Certain types of horses are best to use for the sport.

Reason I don't do dressage:

1. I don't do any riding now because I am not in shape to do it. I've had some major health issues that I'm dealing with and hope to get back into horses within the next year.
2. I don't have the training. I've never ridden English and don't have any English tack so I would have to start all over from scratch. I would love to take English lessons one day, simply because I think it would help with my balance and over all riding ability.
3. I like to Trail ride. I like to get out and enjoy nature. Showing is fun, but I would rather ride my horse than sit all day waiting for my class at a show.

Palomine 03-11-2013 02:05 PM

What I have always thought about Dressage was that it is the highest form of riding/training.

And in many areas of country is not available to learn, or learn well.

I would have loved when younger to have learned more about it, but never had the chance.

I believe that any breed could be taught to do the movements, how well they would do would depend on horse itself.

I've never thought of the people who are into Dressage as any more snobby or standoffish than Saddlebred people who own continents it seems.

When you have 14 year olds throwing mink coats around in stable aisles at show and stomping on them because they didn't win? Pretty hard to not think of those folks as snobby.

Shropshirerosie 03-11-2013 02:35 PM

I think of dressage as yoga/ballet/aerobics/fitness class for horses that can be used by me to get my horse fit and supple and well-balanced.

I'm not a competitive dressage rider, but I know many are. I see that they are taking what I do for my horses welfare and refining their performance in order to achieve higher standards, and higher physical prowess of their horses.

As with all competitive and subjective sports, there are people within the discipline who seek to win by (in my mind) compromising their horses comfort but thankfully those people are in a very small minority.

I enjoy doing it, I find it a little dull to watch.

PaintLover17 03-11-2013 03:04 PM

Although I do not ride dressage I have a lot of respect for riders who do. I've always thought it was one of the most difficult equestrian sports that requires an extreme amount of training and athleticism.
The reason I do not ride dressage is because although I love to watch it, I get bored actually doing it myself.
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Joe4d 03-11-2013 03:42 PM

i dont get involved with sports that use subjective judging. They become a popularity contest.
Dressage is pretty boring to watch.

LostDragonflyWings 03-11-2013 05:46 PM

I do eventing, so do dressage to some extent, but I have never done dressage as a sole disipline. I love to learn dressage at home in lessons, but the only thing I do not like is riding the tests (either at home or at shows). I know the importance of flat work and dressage to aid in my jumping, and jumping is my true joy.--Eventhough I have been working on flat work for months and always do more of that than over fences!

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