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Sixxofdiamonds 05-14-2009 11:16 PM

To possibly do dressage?
 
To be honest, I've never really paid much mind to dressage. Then I moved to an area where english, jumping and dressage are big.

My question is - how hard would it be to start doing it. Considering my horse and I can do a lot of it while bareback? I had no idea that for the past ten years, what I was doing was dressage - while warming up. I suppose, if that makes sense. We rode primarily western.

We can do canter pirouettes like it's going out of style (I think that's because I can actually ask him to four-beat lope). And of course, walk/trot/canter at all levels of collection.

If I were to do it competitively, of course I'd really brush up on everything, but I'm just talking about messing around with it.

The one thing that we absolutely can't do (well, not really CAN'T, I'm sure we can, but haven't done) is a piaffe. How do you start working on that?


I think that next week I'll have somebody video tape me bareback or in my english saddle (unless I borrow somebody's dressage saddle) doing a thrown-together dressage pattern. Just don't expect me to post while bareback, every trot will be a sitting trot. My poor legs don't have the muscle they used to!

Would you all be willing to help me work on things? Just for my entertainment? I don't see us ever doing it competitively, because I think we're both 'retired' from showing at the moment. :wink:

MIEventer 05-14-2009 11:30 PM

I would most definately look into getting Lessons under a Dressage Instructor - but one who readily competes as well.

I am sure Anebel and Spyder will beable to give you great advice.

Spyder 05-14-2009 11:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Sixxofdiamonds (Post 307295)
I think that next week I'll have somebody video tape me bareback or in my english saddle (unless I borrow somebody's dressage saddle) doing a thrown-together dressage pattern. :wink:

I would like to see those videos before I comment.

Sixxofdiamonds 05-14-2009 11:40 PM

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Originally Posted by MIEventer (Post 307305)
I would most definately look into getting Lessons under a Dressage Instructor - but one who readily competes as well.

I am sure Anebel and Spyder will beable to give you great advice.


Well, I'm not looking to go take lessons per se. I'm just looking to have something 'new and challenging' to work on in the arena.

If I were wanting to compete with it, I'd put money into a dressage instructor. However, I currently do not own a dressage saddle or any of the equipment necessary.

I was meaning more along the lines of working in an english bridle with a D-ring snaffle and bareback or with my all-purpose english saddle for fun.

I enjoy having my horse very well rounded and able to do many different things and disciplines.

Today I had him follow me around the jumping arena sans halter/bridle/anything for our after-ride play time over the schooling jumps. The boy can JUMP, don't know why he doesn't look that pretty when I'm on him... in a western saddle... (/sarcasm).

Sixxofdiamonds 05-14-2009 11:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Spyder (Post 307312)
I would like to see those videos before I comment.


Alrighty! I'll post them next week. Man, it really makes me wish we weren't headed to Tennessee for a wedding this weekend, I could get them up sooner!

Sixxofdiamonds 05-14-2009 11:43 PM

Ahh, Spyder - what would you like to see in a video of us riding to be able to comment? So that I can make sure I do certain things...

Seriously, I know the BASICS. Nothing else. From what I've read, we're able to do a lot of it - but I call it different things.

MIEventer 05-14-2009 11:44 PM

I do dressage in my A/P saddle. I see people doing dressage in their western saddles - I've seen Barrel Racers taking Dressage Lessons and Reiners taking Dressage Lessons.

And I see many doing Dressage *although they don't know what they are actually doing is dressage* in their CC saddles.

Spyder 05-14-2009 11:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Sixxofdiamonds (Post 307318)
Ahh, Spyder - what would you like to see in a video of us riding to be able to comment? So that I can make sure I do certain things...

Seriously, I know the BASICS. Nothing else. From what I've read, we're able to do a lot of it - but I call it different things.


Whatever you feel you do well.

Joshie 05-14-2009 11:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Sixxofdiamonds (Post 307295)

My question is - how hard would it be to start doing it.

Very....

Sixxofdiamonds 05-14-2009 11:48 PM

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Originally Posted by MIEventer (Post 307320)
I do dressage in my A/P saddle. I see people doing dressage in their western saddles - I've seen Barrel Racers taking Dressage Lessons and Reiners taking Dressage Lessons.

And I see many doing Dressage *although they don't know what they are actually doing is dressage* in their CC saddles.

Oh, that's good to know! I was one of those people who didn't realize they were doing dressage. Such as a pirouette. I had NO idea that what I was doing had a name. His lope is just fantastic, so I always try to see how slow/small of circles we can go.


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