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post #1 of 22 Old 06-27-2019, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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How Long (on average) Does it Take to Learn?

how long does it take in general to learn Dressage professionally? (I'm talking from the very beginning.)
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post #2 of 22 Old 06-27-2019, 05:26 PM
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There are many levels of dressage.
It takes many years to perfect from level to level reaching the pinnacle.
There is no set time as everyone learns at their own pace and is also dependent on the partnership between horse & rider.
Most riders, the good ones will tell you they never stop learning, improving and perfecting themselves or their partnership with their is forever challenges and learning ongoing.


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post #3 of 22 Old 06-27-2019, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by FreedomCalls View Post
how long does it take in general to learn Dressage professionally? (I'm talking from the very beginning.)

There is no way to give a reasonable answer to this question. Much depends on the instructor(s), the student, and the horse(s).

It also depends on what is meant by learn. Is it learn to ride basic movements. Learn to ride advanced movements. Learn to ride for tests. Learn to teach horses. Learn to teach riders.

If the question refers to getting paid to ride, other issues come into play. These revolve around how skilled one is at getting sponsors as much as how well one rides.

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When you say professionally what do you mean? For some that is becoming a coach (and you don't need to be grand prix to teach basic dressage) or maybe you're thinking of riding professionally? (again, you can be a professional without being top 10 world). Help define your definition of professionally ;)

Also depends:

- do you have access to coaching
- do you have access to a horse
- do you have the above 1x a week or 2x a week or 5x a week (once a week takes longer obviously)
- your personal ability to take instruction and criticism
- your own patience
- how much $$ you have to upgrade horse as you go through the levels

... so on so on... :)
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Also depends on your goals. If you are interested in learning how to bring any horse into better balance and communication that's very different from wanting to move up competitive levels. For the latter you will need expensive coaching and very expensive horses. Horses plural. Talent, drive, luck, hard work, and $$$$$$$$$.

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post #6 of 22 Old 06-27-2019, 08:34 PM
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To LEARN? AKA if you were going to a dressage university and had all of the horses provided for you? I can only give you a very rough estimate...typically many years - anywhere from 10 to 20 or more depending on all kinds of factors, such as your body condition and preparation to ride upper levels. For many of us, it's a journey more than it is a plan. And in that journey, you have to continually REACH for your goal and keep it in sight, while figuring out how to negotiate the realities of life. Youtube Natasha Althoff - she talks a lot about becoming a Grand Prix dressage rider, and the original plan she had to do it in 10 years. Quite charismatic and positive.

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I think at the Spanish Riding School they don't let candidates off the longe line for the first two years.

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Can't be harder than playing in a symphony orchestra on an international level... :P
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post #9 of 22 Old 06-28-2019, 12:45 AM
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...but your symphony instrument isn't a 1200 lb animal with a mind of its own and suicidal tendencies! 😄
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post #10 of 22 Old 06-28-2019, 03:31 AM
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My old dressage trainer said don't think in terms less than 10 years.

Of course, I rode dressage for two years and opted for trail riding.
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