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post #1 of 8 Old 12-29-2013, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Cowboy Dressage

Has anyone participated in this discipline - Cowboy Dressage? Am following this on FB. Looks interesting...
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There are a few threads about cowboy dressage and western dressage floating around the forum.

Personally, I think it's misuse of the bridle and does not fall in the category of western. Western riding is for the purpose of working on a ranch with livestock. The two handed technique alone nullifies that. I have other objections, but that is basic and enough for me to ignore the trend as valid.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-29-2013, 02:57 PM
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I think cowboy dressage is really fascinating! And as far as not being "practical" for working ranch horses, i think all horses could benefit with a little bit of dressage work. Dressage teaches them to supple and bend and how to carry themselves correctly. This will benefit a horse no matter what discipline. They may be able to navigate the trail easier or make tighter barrel turns. Although i shouldn't be the one to speak since i have mostly ridden English, although i do love western riding! I think its very interest and am excited to learn more
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From the videos I've seen, they do have obstacles on the ground to simulate the work a ranch horse would do. Agree that teaching self carriage is beneficial to the horse and should keep them active longer. And it looks like fun. As soon as my horse is over his lameness, I'm going to look into it closer.
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-29-2013, 03:22 PM
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I think any activity where a horse and rider get to spend time together and is enjoyable to both is a great. I personally enjoy something about every discipline. As long as it doesn't hurt the horse, I think it is great. I could care less which saddle someone chooses to ride in as long as it fits the horse. From what I have seen, there are a lot of folks that enjoy it so... have at it. :)
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-29-2013, 05:57 PM
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My horses, as are most western horses, are already VERY supple AND carry themselves more correctly than a wadded up dressage horse....therefore i don't see it as a benefit as posted earlier. I don't really see a need for it.
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-29-2013, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by sheenanaginz View Post
...i think all horses could benefit with a little bit of dressage work. Dressage teaches them to supple and bend and how to carry themselves correctly....
Most western horses ARE taught to turn, and bend, and carry themselves correctly - for what they do. Whenever I see someone saying dressage benefits all horses, I think of this commercial:

We bought the wrong horse! Hilarious insurance commercial... - YouTube
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post #8 of 8 Old 12-29-2013, 09:41 PM
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I love it because I don't have to buy a dressage saddle! lol xD

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