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post #91 of 96 Old 07-23-2013, 05:39 PM
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I have a friend who bought one of these saddles, she was laughed at by half the people at the WD event she went to.

She ended up selling it and bought a good close contact Western Saddle, she is doing well in WD and says more and more people are showing up and entering that class.

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post #92 of 96 Old 07-23-2013, 05:42 PM
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I've competed in dressage from pony club level - I could never afford to have a horse that could go to the top and in the job I had they were aimed at being sold for someone else to do that
I find nothing offensive at all about Western Dressage or Cowboy dressage (which has split away to do its own thing)
The movement grew out of freestyle reining so there is a connection there and its being picked up by people who are fans of the Vaquero style of riding as they also see it as a showplace for their horses
I have a couple of horses here that could never be great at European dressage even though they know their stuff because they don't have the qualities of the warmblood that give them the edge but they have a chance to do well at WD and Cowboy dressage
If people want to do this - and its pretty evident that they do - then whats the harm?
If people hate it and find it offensive then they can just pretend it doesn't exist - no ones going to force them into it.
I think it would be a great thing for Arabians - they already have conventional dressage and western classes so why not a form of dressage for those who want to ride in western gear?
I think it can only do good for the breed - another step to getting them back to being a useful riding horse because its going to demand more than 'riding the rail' and who has the best outfit.
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post #93 of 96 Old 07-30-2013, 02:39 AM
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I would be interested in western dressage. My mare HATES English tack, but an english saddle on her and get ready for the races, and possible cross country event -_-'. But in a western saddle she is wonderful. also found this vid and thought people would find it interesting

And this is a vid i have been looking for.
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post #94 of 96 Old 07-30-2013, 11:11 AM
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Well......first video just shows that riders who ride well can do both.
Second video is what so many have criticized here, dressage in western tack. Not what I would call western dressage.....tack was the only thing western. Sorry....
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post #95 of 96 Old 07-30-2013, 11:46 AM
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Thanks for posting KigerQueen
The direction the second video shows WD to be going in is why Eitan and Jack Brainard split away from Western Dressage to focus on Cowboy Dressage
It was always their vision that it would be about Western Riding with a leaning towards the Vaquero style and with traditional American horses like the Quarter horse and the Morgan.
If WD at higher levels goes like this then the warmbloods are going to have the advantage just as they do in European dressage
If that's what western riders want however then I have no problem with it.
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I think it's worth noting that none of the WD organizations pull the video of Pam Grace out as an example of what WD is about. Many of the early videos, and this was one of the first, are never shown at symposiums and educational events aimed at judges and trainers. If european dressage videos are used at all, they are of a different presentation of dressage. There are now have some quite nice videos of stock horses and other breeds showing the carriage and light contact sought.
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