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Western Dressage ??

What have you heard or do you know about Western Dresssage ? It is a new and recognised USEF sport and seems to be growning fast.

What are your thoughts ? Will it be good for western riding ?
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Truthfully? I think it's a fad. Dressage is dressage and it is still dressage even if you are using a western saddle. From many of the videos I've seen of "western dressage" it is more trick training than actual dressage. None of those horses would be able to hold a candle to a real dressage horse. IMHO, the closest representation the western world has to dressage is reining.

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Truthfully? I think it's a fad. Dressage is dressage and it is still dressage even if you are using a western saddle. From many of the videos I've seen of "western dressage" it is more trick training than actual dressage. None of those horses would be able to hold a candle to a real dressage horse. IMHO, the closest representation the western world has to dressage is reining.
Agreed. At best, western dressage is just "normal" dressage in western tack. That being said, many videos I've seen of western dressage horses are not exhibiting the kind of qualities that are prized in well-trained "Traditional" Dressage horses. The debate over what constitutes "true" collection has been beaten to death on several other threads, but the definition and understanding of concepts like collection and engagement changes pretty radically from western disciplines to traditional dressage.

I wasn't aware that western dressage was now a recognized USEF sport; I'd be curious to read up on that inclusion.

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Western Dressage = Reining. Really simple.

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I wasn't aware that western dressage was now a recognized USEF sport; I'd be curious to read up on that inclusion.
It is called reining and reining is recognized by the USEF.

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Western dressage is a trade mark owned by the creator, no real relation the dressage more of a money grab. Reining however is a good compairson to dressage

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It is called reining and reining is recognized by the USEF.
Lol, that I knew already. Personally, with the (relatively) long existence of reining recognition, why is something like "western dressage" needed? If someone wants more "D" dressage than reining offers, it's time to buy a shadbelly and a dressage saddle.

I was under the impression, based on the OP's reference to USEF recognition, that the camp that considers western dressage to be separate from reining has gained recognition for western dressage as a separate discipline with the USEF. I was also under the impression that such discussion was rather controversial, but I don't follow the news that closely.

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It is not that easy to get USEF recognition. So I highly doubt that "western Dressage" has gained it. Took NRHA many many years to get it and work out all the details. There has also has to be enough of a following along with other requirements that must be met.

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Silly question Scout, but what is a shadbelly?

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Silly question Scout, but what is a shadbelly?
It's the style of coat worn for upper-level dressage competition.

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