Very first dressage show... any advice/tips?
Next month is our very first drssage show... I'm super excited but I'm also kind of nervous. It will be novice class as it is our first one
Love Story works very nicely from behind, and she is very balanced and willing. She circles nicely and behaves very well at shows. She has a nice headset but sometimes lifts her head. I don't know how dressage is judged and marked, so I have a few question:
1. How are you judged?
2. In a novice class, do they take away points if you're horse lifts it's head every now and then?
3. What must I wear?
4. We are going to braid manes, but is braiding tails also required?
5. I have a General Purpose saddle, is that acceptable?
Any other advice and/or tips would be most welcome :-)
I have no idea on any of those things. Sorry, I just wanted to wish you luck! I hope you do really well.
I attended my first dressage show this past summer and LOVED it! I was a little unsure if I would like the dicipline, I had always been a hunter for four years, but I love the individual attention. If you're lucky, a judge will speak to you after your test about what went well and not so well. I love having that personal feedback. Also, don't take it too seriously. Treat it just like if you were schooling your horse at home, you have just relocated :) Getting all nervous and wound up wont help anything. Sure ribbons are nice, but for now just go for the experience. Good luck!
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