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I haven't showed yet, me or my horse. Mainly because of my full time work schedule and my part-time school schedule :shock: which completely ruined my chances of doing our first show last year which we were so ready for!!
Ahem. Anyways, I'm attempting to get back into the game. Hopefully I will be able to ride at least 5 days a week.
What I'm aiming for is to do our first baby green combined test at the end of the month. Tiny cross rails and the Test A small dressage test. My guy has done the dressage test before just in practice and he's an excellent jumper and even though he's had tons of time off I'm more worried about me getting into good riding shape, he's already there haha.
So I'm just wondering what some of your alls play by play training schedules look like as far as time per ride and what you do during your ride.

Anything would be great so I can start building my own routine :) thanks in advance.
 

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I just work on different elements every time I ride (I show low level dressage on my horse). When it gets closer to the show (say a week before) I also try to ride a test once every time I work her (just to memorize it).
 

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If you practise all segments of your test the horse will begin to anticipate it. Perhaps break it down and improve each phase. The last thing you need is your horse thinking "ok lets get it done with and outta here".
 

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If you practise all segments of your test the horse will begin to anticipate it. Perhaps break it down and improve each phase. The last thing you need is your horse thinking "ok lets get it done with and outta here".
My horse perfectly knows the test, but she doesn't anticipate waiting for my signals :wink: (unless there is a reason like at the show in Fall when I had issues with my back, so wasn't fully "operational" to give clear signals).
 

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my horse doesnt anticipate the dressage test either, but if your horse is that type i would ride the test a couple times, then just school the movements seperately. i try to pick a goal for each ride. such as, up and down transitions, turning and staying straight on centerline, jumping a small course. weather permiting i also try to hack as much as possible, even if its just for 5 minutes after my ride.
 

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Training is about fitness and increasing it. The fitter you and your horse are, the easier the Dressage tests will become. I try to hit the gym 3 times a week for at least 50 minutes each time and do yoga for 1-2 hours a week. Training for my horse is 6 days a week, 60 minutes a pop. This includes hacking, hill work and cavaletti work but is mostly gymnastics, transitions and very little actual schooling of the movements.

For a younger horse, 5 days a week, 45 minutes a pop is great, and if you can get into a pilates class or something once a week it will help your riding a lot. When riding focus on the next 5 meters, how you want them to feel, riding on your line and doing tons of transitions, within gaits and between them, but the quality has to be good and work to get them on your body, not with your hands.

Good luck!
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My play by play started months ago. I've been working on my seat all winter trying to improve my position and effectiveness as a rider. My horse has basically stayed fit all winter due to an unusually warm winter and lots of resulting trail rides.

We just started showing last year, so I'm starting this year by working on the most mentioned things on my dressage tests from last season. I gave up on set training programs. I let my horse tell me what we need to work on each session. Usually by the end of our warmup, something becomes evident that we need to work on.

After that, it's more a matter of making extra money at work so I can afford the ridiculous gas $$ to get to the shows.
 

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^^Amen to the mild winter.

My horse is also in decent shape from enjoying the mild winter and trail rides. I spend most of the winter working on Dressage and basics. Our indoor isn't large enough for my comfort to really work over fences.

My first event is in May, so now starts putting my work together. I suck at remembering dressage tests so I begin riding them now so that it's not so stressful come spring. I spend the first 10 minutes of my flat days (usually 3 rides a week) working at the walk/trot on a long rein to get him stretching and forward. Then I will bring him back on the bit with a ton of transitions and lateral work. As I run through tests, I work on the areas we fumble through. Mid April I have a few schooling Dressage shows to go to. I want to see where we stack up and what could use more work before May. Typically my flat rides last 45 min to 60 min with a light canter out in the field (weather permitting) to allow him to have his fun.

I rotate jumping once a week with hacking out in the field. Since Primo's forte is jumping, I don't feel the need to jump as much. Currently we're working on him choosing a little longer spot (since we both like to climb the fence, bad habit) so we do some grid and set striding work then run through a 3'3" course to end the day. The ride may last 45 min or so and ends with a cooling walk to the back of the property.

Hacking out is not as relaxing and fun for me as it is for him. LOL we'll ride 45-60 at a trot and canter most of the ride. Working up and down hills, doing transitions, extension, collection and a few small log piles. As he becomes more fit I want to start galloping for 10 minutes at a time, but right now, his 5th gear is more like 3 1/2 lol. Luckily we're not timed yet.

Like you, I work full time and also go to school full time. I find early mornings and weekends to be my friend till I can ride late in the evening. Typically, I constructively ride 4 days a week and will try to sneak out for a quick trail ride if I can. Dressage is our nemesis and thus my focus.
 
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