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Amateur Dressage

For all of us who are amateur dressage riders. This is our place to share tips, experiences and just to hang out.

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Comment by Anni on March 12, 2009 at 10:18am
What helped me learn to post on the correct diagonal without constantly staring at the horse's shoulder (trust me, I was looking down all the time, not good!) was to sit for a few trot steps before posting. That way, the motion lifts you up and sets you on the right diagonal. Hope this helps!
Comment by Barbara F. on March 11, 2009 at 4:53pm
Hi Tracey,
To post on the correct diagonal, go up when the horse's outside shoulder (and leg) is forward and sit when it is back. You can see which is forward just by looking down and one will be ahead of the other. Let me know if this helps
Comment by Anni on March 3, 2009 at 4:43pm
I'm really glad to find this group... currently, I'm only able to get out to the barn once or twice a week, so I've been reading up on dressage tips to really make my lessons count.
Comment by Julia on March 1, 2009 at 7:42pm
I have only just started dressage lesson as my instructor feels my horses are suited for it. I hope to try a show or two this summer. I have two rather green Gypsy Vanner mares - I think it is good training for them and they do seem to enjoy it.
Comment by Tracey Smith on October 22, 2008 at 10:35pm
Hi folks...I'm also a dressage newbie and glad to find this group.

I am still struggling to learn to post on the right diagonals...I searched on here and also on Youtube as I'd like to find a video I could watch that would help me.

I took dressage lessons about a year and am planning to start back up as soon as I find an instructor near my new barn. But I want to get back to practicing as I feel I've forgotten all I learned.

Anyone know of any good videos online I can watch to refresh myself on posting on the right diagonals?

Told ya I was VERY new to this!

Comment by Roxy on September 12, 2008 at 7:48pm
I started in hunter/jumper, did things like handy hunter and hunter pace, equitation on the flat and over fences then moved on to 3 day eventing. I also did some fox hunting (fake foxes!) and it was during this time I was really introduced to dressage. I am now hoping to concentrate with my new horse on dressage as she seems to be really keen on it! She too is very young (3 this year) so we are just starting. But it is alot of fun! I can't wait to learn more and start showing!
Comment by Stephanie on August 7, 2008 at 7:53pm
i just started riding dressage last year, before that only western riding. i recently purchased a friesian gelding who i am hoping to show training level next year!
Comment by Danielle Black on July 26, 2008 at 1:57pm
I have been riding dressage for a couple of years now, but have not done any testing as I have found myself in a situation with two green horses, so the process has been slow as I too am a bit green. I hope to muster up the courage and prepare for my first training level dressage test next spring as this is what I'd like to do...just for fun

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