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post #21 of 37 Old 03-11-2013, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ponyboy View Post
What I don't like about dressage is that it was not meant to be a "sport." Competition is completely against the purpose and spirit of dressage.
I don't see dressage as therefore competitive. I don't compete, I have no interest in competing. I just like seeing improvement in my horse (and myself) and comparing it to what we did before. In fact, that's one of the things I really like about dressage - that it doesn't have to be competitive.

Before I got into it, however, I saw it as boring (no galloping? bah!) and snooty. I realise now that dressage is whatever you make of it.
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post #22 of 37 Old 03-11-2013, 09:35 PM
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I used to do Dressage, but I ripped a youtube user a new one for saying it's abusive, and that you never see a horse past the age of eight competing because they're too arthritic to do anything. I happily showed her a video of my aunt's thirty year old, happily retired from years of competing in Dressage, Rhinelander trotting about the field.
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post #23 of 37 Old 03-11-2013, 10:15 PM
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I admire anyone that strives to ride better and help their horse be the best they can be.

For me, though, it isn't a practical style, so although I may utilize strategies that help a horse that can be found in (probably) very low level dressage, it isn't something I'm am going to train in.
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post #24 of 37 Old 03-11-2013, 10:21 PM
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My thoughts-
it takes a lot of time and dedication
I admire the riders and their talented horses
I would like to try it someday
Dressage is a great foundation to any equine activity

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post #25 of 37 Old 03-11-2013, 10:28 PM
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- "Dressage" people are waaay too intense about Dressage, how you teach Dressage, "what is" Dressage, etc. You say the wrong word or try a different technique and you'll have someone with a huge philosophical argument on your hands.

- Went to a dressage clinic and warmed a horse up in a western saddle and the dressage riders said "he would be ruined" by being ridden in a western saddle.

- Stock type quarter horses and paints are generally breeds frowned upon by dressage people, and I dislike thoroughbreds, warmbloods, etc.

- I have a hunter saddle, three western saddles, and do not have the funds for another saddle for dressage. So, even though it's controversial, yay western dressage for saving me money on yet another saddle to buy.

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post #26 of 37 Old 03-11-2013, 10:50 PM
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I personally think it is difficult and requires skill and determination, but so does every discipline.

It's just not for me. It's pretty to look at for the most part, but it's not nearly as exciting as cutting or reining, IMO. I also don't like large horses that are typically associated with dressage and I don't feel as comfortable in a dressage saddle as I do my barrel saddle. But live and let live and all that. I can't imagine the woman I board with that has a Prix St. George gelding sitting on my Paint mare in a western saddle, the same as she thought it was silly of me to ride in a dressage saddle one day.
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post #27 of 37 Old 03-11-2013, 10:52 PM
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I think its outstanding if its done correctly and gently. The saddles are also so comfortable! I will be taking dressage lessons on my new lease to improve our jumping.

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post #28 of 37 Old 03-11-2013, 11:50 PM
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I'd have to go along with a lot of these. I have an across the back fence neighbor who does it, and apparently competes at a reasonably high level. I also live just down the road from a stable with a lot of people into that sort of thing.

Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny View Post
It's boring
Yeah, riding around that arena for hours on end.

The people are snobs
Some of them. The neighbor is quite nice, the owners of the stable are major snobs. But I think this is to some extent true of most competitions where appearance counts - e.g. the 'bling' on some western show costumes.

It's expensive

I heard that Dressage people are cruel to their horses to make them do that
I don't know if you'd call it cruel, exactly, but I do think some of the unnatural postures - the nose-down attitude, for instance - and gaits must be pretty darned uncomfortable. My neighbor's two seem to spend their non-riding time in pens or stalls that are maybe 30x30. And when I invited her to come along on some trail rides (she's fairly new to the area), her response was "Oh, no. My horses are too valuable to take out on trails."
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post #29 of 37 Old 03-11-2013, 11:57 PM
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Before I bought a horse, I thought dressage was complicated and expensive... now that I have a horse, dressage is the epitome of an athlete! All of that power and focus to collect and tune-in to a rider... I'm starting to school dressage just to help my horse be "better" all-around.
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post #30 of 37 Old 03-12-2013, 12:04 AM
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I have always wanted to do dressage even though i grew up western, i like learning everything about horses, and i always thought it was beautiful.
when i attempted to take classes with my big trail appaloosa mare when i was 10 the trainer told me i could not use her that she wasnt right for the job and would need a different type of horse(it was for competition, im assuming it was something to do with her training and body type), although a friend of mine competed with her arab/appy cross, i still admire her even though we dont hang out anymore because she moved on to the big leagues. ever since iv thought of it as a refined sport that only certain breeds and classes of people could attend.

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