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post #31 of 37 Old 03-12-2013, 12:30 AM
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I've always ridden English, I come off the western horses that spin if you sneeze when you don't expect it. So take this for what it's worth.

I've always done dressage to school a horse, to get a horse going correctly. I believe it's needed in every single equine sport. Horses need to collect, you need to be able to spot a jump, time your jumps etc.

However it bores me to death. I don't enjoy it one bit, for me it's a means to an end. I do it for necessity, not choice.

I will happily watch a few good dressage tests, but that's it, it's a few. It takes some serious skill to do what they do, and I really do admire that, but it's not my thing.
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post #32 of 37 Old 03-12-2013, 11:37 PM
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-its for rich people with expensive horses
-it is interesting to watch for a while, then gets boring
-seems really hard and I respect the riders and horses
-seems too tedious for me to ever learn
-not many dressage trainers around my area
-I don't know how those horses don't get bored with all that arena work and repetition

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post #33 of 37 Old 03-13-2013, 12:23 AM
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My first introduction to dressage as a young kid was that it looked stressful. I remember when I was taking (wastern) riding lessons I would often watch a young girl on a pretty white horse endlessly going around in circles . . . seemed so monotonous. Her trainer, at the time, seemed like she was always yelling/barking at the young girl. It scared me away from english honestly, for many years.

Then one day I got bored with speed events (gymkhana) and decided to take dressage lessons. Also, I always wondered why many english horses seemed more physically fit/healthier than many of the western horses I had known.
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post #35 of 37 Old 03-15-2013, 09:17 PM
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I ride western and I don't know much about dressage, but when I watched it during the Olympics I have to say I was extremely impressed :) I can't imagine the time and hard work it takes to train a horse, or even a rider for that matter, to do those things. It was pretty awesome to watch, for me anyway.
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post #36 of 37 Old 03-16-2013, 02:21 AM
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Very interesting question as are the answers!

As in any form of horse sport be it English or western, there are many rights and wrongs.

There are people who do only ride a dressage horse in an arena and many others who take their horses out for a good ride in the countryside and, at least in the UK, give them a good gallop and turn out.

Lower level dressage can be boring for the onlooker, advanced, especially a freestyle to music, is far more interesting.

Unless a person is interested in a particular form of equestrian sport, it can be boring!
Personally I like to watch showing classes in the UK. Watching parallel classes in the US is more boring than watching paint dry! To me Western Pleasure and English Pleasure classes are so unnatural that the only reason I can see for a horse moving so slowly is if it were going to its death.
The US Hunter/Jumper are boring, I doubt if any horse or many riders have ever seen a pack of hounds, and if they did then it would resemble nothing like they are piddling about at in the ring.

It is subjective. A Reiner should be able to appreciate Dressage, the two run parallel. Anyone who rides can and should be interested in other forms of equestrian sports. I enjoy watching Team Penning and Reining, I can appreciate the skill required yet my interests are purely English.
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post #37 of 37 Old 03-16-2013, 04:30 AM
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I can appreciate dressage, but I have never had any desire to do it. I did do some during a course and I despised it. It bored me to no end, even though I enjoy watching it. I prefer spontaneity, rather than circling at C, then free walk to F, or whatever it might happen to be.

In many ways, it goes against what I think horse riding should be - relaxed, fun, and natural. You can nearly always see a ridiculous amount of tension in both horse and rider. I believe that a good horse shouldn't need constant contact and should be able to be ridden on a loose rein. Now, if the entire test was ridden in with the same looseness as the free walk, it would be something of interest to me.

Not only that, but I would fail miserably at it because I would never be able to remember the course. But my current horse thinks the same way as me about dressage - I was riding him during a practice test, and he side-stepped out of the arena and flat out refused to go back in.
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