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Dressage Fanatics

Hey Dressage Fanatics! Here you are free to share everything dressage. If you have a problem with your horse, start a discussion and see if you get any advice. If you just went to a big CDI and have some great pics, post them for all to see. You don't have to worry about being critizied for being a dressage freak. I hope everyone enjoys this group!!!

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Raising the bar of Dressage Culture - In Praise of a "Schoolmaster"! 1 Reply

Hello All! My name is Muriel Chestnut and I have been involved in the Equestrian - specifically Dressage - community for a very long time it seems now! - over 25 years! However, I am new to this site…Continue

Tags: Natural Horsemanship, Iberian., Schoolmaster, Dressage

Started by Muriel Chestnut. Last reply by SUSIE-SOLOMON-MABE Dec 1, 2011.

Perfect the Basics Clinic & Symposium #3 with Belinda Trussell

Perfect the Basics Clinic & Symposium #3Learn how to properly ride lateral work from Olympic and 2-time World Equestrian Games competitor Belinda Trussell!Saturday, February 19, 2011! All rider…Continue

Started by Justin Ridgewell Feb 1, 2011.

Clinic with Canadian Belinda Trussell 1 Reply

  Perfect the Basics Clinic & Symposium Serieswith Canadian Olympian / 2x WEG Team member Belinda TrussellreturnsSaturday January 22nd, 2011 !!at Oakcrest Farms Follow the link for more…Continue

Started by Justin Ridgewell. Last reply by Justin Ridgewell Jan 19, 2011.

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Comment by Christopher Hyams on January 4, 2012 at 8:07pm

Happy New Year, DFs! If you have not already seen it, I posted George Morris taking a dressage lesson ----WHAT?!?!?---on

Comment by Elaine Flintoff on October 3, 2011 at 2:15pm
Why does our Canadian Dressage Team have to travel to New York for training?  
Comment by Elaine Flintoff on October 3, 2011 at 2:05pm
I really enjoy this site !    So many issues to discuss, and so many knowledgeable responses.  I have always found that  horse training is individual to the horses' mind,  their age, conformation and physical ability to perform the task at hand.....
Comment by SUSIE-SOLOMON-MABE on October 3, 2011 at 12:30pm

Thanks E. call me Susie, ok= I dont show- hate the  whole scene- and study classical riding for the goal- the long term outcome of sanity and soundness  way into their 20's for my herd. while I want to achieve the highest levels of training that I can I will do it slowly and with kindness to each one of the horses.

 and  I do a lot of trail riding on my friesian stallion- and  he is  naturally up and very aware of his surroundings so when we go  thru creeks and up  the BLM paths and the valley cut down - he  can be up and still be looking where he puts his feet,-  and the little pic of him and I is when he was 7 months of age- now he is a big handsome fellow.

Since the stud is just 4 and beginning his life under saddle I do not school  him in *dressage*- more than 2 or 3 x a week and we do often start or end with a long hack over the  orchards and roads in N Ca. and he s just ridden 4 x a week- he does not need more until he is done growing into his skeleton at age 6.

   lotsof pics here on my  page  of the beautiful horses i SHARE MY LIFE WITH, and I do  ride the same way in my western saddles and my dressage ones,  and am equally comfy.

 thanks again, Susie

Comment by E. Allan Buck on October 3, 2011 at 12:18pm

Ms. Soloman-Mabe,

It would be nice if dressage riders were as observant as you. Bravo

Comment by SUSIE-SOLOMON-MABE on October 3, 2011 at 12:15pm

I agree- bitted or not- my horses do not travel long and low when they play and trot and canter on the 10 acres- the have their heads set in the position they find most comfy and  perfect for their skeleton  and how their shoulder is set. Notone of the girls-  who include several friesian and 2 andys and one morgan and one qh  have low set necks. I dont like this look or fashion and I dont buy horses with  short choppy strides-  or low set necks- it is my own preferance, I want big swing and  the ability for the horse to reach up and then out and then down in his strides- front and back......... with evenness.  They are long and low long enuff while grazing and eating and sleeping.- and when I drop the reins they swing their body and  have not been so contracted that they feel like there is a release of 10 lbs on their base of neck and shoulders.....

 just an opinion---mine

Comment by E. Allan Buck on October 3, 2011 at 12:07pm

Long and low when ridden weights the forehand. 

So take that in to account when asking the horse to go LL. 

Remember that in actuality, LL is in direct response to the constraints placed in the neck of the horse.  This has been varified in using bitless on previously bitted horses, wherein, after schooling in bitless the horses tend not to drop their heads and necks, when reins are released.

Comment by SUSIE-SOLOMON-MABE on October 3, 2011 at 11:50am

Hi Mary- it was not a rant- it was a paragraph that started with a question- and continued to ask questionbs- so that perhaps  other ideas  that are newer and better for the horse may be investigated., among jokes and whatever non dressage quips have been made over the last 2 months-  just my opinion, and if bold type is the cause of the  question you asked of me- I will refrain from using it.

Thanks, Susie

Comment by Mary McGuire Smith on October 3, 2011 at 8:56am
Susie, I don't get your reference.  Are you responding to an earlier post, or is this just a general rant/hypothetical question?
Comment by SUSIE-SOLOMON-MABE on October 3, 2011 at 2:21am
why does the horse need to be long and low to warm up- he is long and low in his turnout and his pasture and his paddock and his feeding and drinking water....... so why does he have to be long and low- under saddle???? why cant you begin to do shoulder in to leg yields to  turn on haunches to  turn on forehand- lateral work at the walk as a warm up while he is  in your hand?

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