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BaroqueLady
Aug. 25, 2009, 03:38 PM
I would love to find a blog about an 'ordinary' rider's dressage journey.
By 'ordinary' rider I guess I mean someone like myself....not a pro, not
mounted on a spectacular mover, taking a lesson a week or so and working
to improve. I want to read about what happened in the lesson...did the
writer finally have a REAL walk pirouette or did she/he struggle to maintain
rhythm the entire time. The nuts and bolts...the joy and the pain...the problems
and the successes.
Does anyone know where I can find a blog like this?

Blkarab
Aug. 25, 2009, 03:46 PM
I don't know of one...but I think you should start one!

johnnysauntie
Aug. 25, 2009, 03:50 PM
A friend of mine is documenting her work with her horses (and a handful of her low level students, including yours truly.) She has been a working student for the last year, and has documented the progress she's made with her far-from-perfect-but-tries-really-hard-OTTB. http://tbatx.wordpress.com/

tempichange
Aug. 26, 2009, 06:43 AM
dressagepony.blogspot.com

Jane Savoie
Aug. 26, 2009, 09:44 AM
It's not a diary of my journey, but the blog on my website has tons of articles for lower level riders. www.janesavoie.com

BaroqueLady
Aug. 26, 2009, 01:38 PM
I looked at dressagepony.blogspot.com and it doesn't seem to be what I am looking for.
In all the entries that I read, there was only one mention of a riding session and the sum
total of that was ' we did a few things...a bit of half-pass, nothing much'. Not exactly
"nuts and bolts". I know there are many sites out there with lots of training tips but that
is not what I am looking for. I want to read about a journey.

Beezwing
Aug. 26, 2009, 02:15 PM
Me too. I am in the same boat; ordinary person, ordinary horse..aiming for dressage in my own little way.

Would love to read about someone else's journey.

k

friesian4me
Aug. 26, 2009, 04:11 PM
I have a blog, a journey from backing (3 1/2) till now (5yo). Has some videos, and fun stuff but training level in content. www.nickandjody.blogspot.com

dressagevettech
Aug. 26, 2009, 05:30 PM
Seeing your post reminded me I have been meaning for awhile to start just such a blog!!
I am just a poor low level rider with my nursemare rescue TB mare trying to work my way up the levels.
Maybe that will be my goal for the night.
At least I know I could find at least one reader! ;)

tempichange
Aug. 26, 2009, 06:33 PM
I looked at dressagepony.blogspot.com and it doesn't seem to be what I am looking for.
In all the entries that I read, there was only one mention of a riding session and the sum
total of that was ' we did a few things...a bit of half-pass, nothing much'. Not exactly
"nuts and bolts". I know there are many sites out there with lots of training tips but that
is not what I am looking for. I want to read about a journey.

Recently there hasn't been a lot going on in my barn except trying to find transport to it. But search through the archives, they are there.

aac8680
Aug. 26, 2009, 11:24 PM
I am hopefully starting my journey this fall. I'm looking for a dressage prospect and plan on documenting, my video and text blog, my journey with my new horse. Unfortunetaly, I haven't started yet and am still picking out a young dressage prospect. I feel like an ordinary person, I don't really even work with a trainer. My mentor is on premisis, but he usually only helps when someone is having a real problem and we ask for it. He's an ex-jockey and has a lot of horse sense. My other horse, who is for sale, I trained up to level 2 dressage, but he's about 17 and feel I should start over with a younger horse. Please feel free to check out my blog, www.fillytracks.com. I am also looking for people to do guest posts, so if you had an eye opening lesson or experience and want to write about it, tell me! Would love to get some more people on there! Thanks and hope you enjoy!

Ali

DraftXRider
Aug. 27, 2009, 12:01 AM
Hey I noticed that Jane already posted on here about her blog but she also has a fantastic site with a forum called dressagementor.com that is filled with dressage riders just like you (read: us).... my mare is a 4yr old percheron (with TB someplace sorta...kinda...) that I love love love the stories from everyone. The forum is just a little part though we also have an "ask Jane" section so as we struggle we get anwers plus she is always around the forums sorting us all out or just cheering on a member with the group.... and she takes video and pictures we send in and provides feedback on the hotseat section. We all tell and update our personal efforts so it is a lot like blogging, but blogging with friends. Soooo.... not exactly a blog but I think you'd really like it!

Ambrey
Aug. 27, 2009, 12:05 AM
Hey I noticed that Jane already posted on here about her blog but she also has a fantastic site with a forum called dressagementor.com that is filled with dressage riders just like you (read: us).... my mare is a 4yr old percheron (with TB someplace sorta...kinda...) that I love love love the stories from everyone. The forum is just a little part though we also have an "ask Jane" section so as we struggle we get anwers plus she is always around the forums sorting us all out or just cheering on a member with the group.... and she takes video and pictures we send in and provides feedback on the hotseat section. We all tell and update our personal efforts so it is a lot like blogging, but blogging with friends. Soooo.... not exactly a blog but I think you'd really like it!

*waves* Hi draftx!!

dressappy
Aug. 27, 2009, 09:47 AM
I started a blog about my mare and I.
http://www.dressapp.blogspot.com/
I haven't done lessons much lately, but will start up back in the fall. It's fun reading about other folks journies. :)

Jealoushe
Aug. 27, 2009, 10:25 AM
Maybe not exactly what you are looking for, but some good ones

http://flyingchangesweightloss.blogspot.com/

http://eventing-a-gogo.blogspot.com/

http://www.behindthebitblog.com/

I have a lot of dressage in mine, link in my sig:cool:

FancyFree
Aug. 27, 2009, 11:35 AM
Nice blog Jealoushe. Sorry about your Jack Russell. :(

I read the behindthebit blog too.

DraftXRider
Aug. 27, 2009, 11:58 AM
AMBREY!!! Hey Ambrey.... do you DM? LOLOLOLOL.... I haven't logged on to DM yet to see the latest elephant roast & toast but I'm headed there next to download the last of the August audios because I just realized its almost time for all the September articles, audio/video and hotseats go up.

I can't believe that this summer is almost over!

SmartAlex
Aug. 27, 2009, 12:28 PM
I think this horse is being pointed towards eventing, but so far only dressage in the works. I've really been enjoying it.

http://pariahpony.wordpress.com/

Bravestrom
Aug. 27, 2009, 12:31 PM
Hey!!! DraftXRider - I am currently advancing my 1/2 draft - we are currently working on level 3 and doing some psg work.

Check us out at www.hotelfun4kids.com/horses.htm

Ambrey
Aug. 27, 2009, 12:38 PM
AMBREY!!! Hey Ambrey.... do you DM? LOLOLOLOL.... I haven't logged on to DM yet to see the latest elephant roast & toast but I'm headed there next to download the last of the August audios because I just realized its almost time for all the September articles, audio/video and hotseats go up.

I can't believe that this summer is almost over!

Mmmm, elephant. My favorite!

Haven't been able to DM much this week, birthday stuff :)

Summer did go by so quickly, didn't it? The kids go back to school in a week- yikes!

dressagevettech
Aug. 27, 2009, 01:48 PM
Well I did take the plunge.
http://misadventuresofadressagewannabe.blogspot.com/

Sure not much there now as its new, but I am quite excited about it.
So I am sure I will be posting alot in the future on day to day life/training.
:D

Jealoushe
Aug. 27, 2009, 02:32 PM
Nice blog Jealoushe. Sorry about your Jack Russell. :(

I read the behindthebit blog too.

thank you kindly!

staceyk
Aug. 27, 2009, 04:21 PM
Hi,

My blog (behindthebitblog.com) has been mentioned (thanks) but my riding goals are sidelined while I wait for my baby to heal from a hoof injury (check the blog if you want to find out why you should never assume what acts like an abscess is an abscess).

I read/follow these...

http://dressagemom.blogspot.com/ with the tagline "I'm a wife and mother with a full-time job who also has an Arabian dressage horse. This is how I fit it all in. Or try to."

http://abayhorse.blogspot.com/ "A dressage training log and diary for my dark-bay gelding, Armani, and now featuring my mother's sooty chestnut gelding, Huey."

http://solitairemare.blogspot.com/ "Musings about horses" but training talk too

http://halfpassgirl.blogspot.com/ "Musings on dressage as a way of life and an obsession, starring Willow, my 2001 Dutch/TB mare, and random stories about my life in Oregon's Willamette Valley."

http://dressagerider.wordpress.com/

flying colours
Aug. 27, 2009, 09:22 PM
One rider, one coach, three horses and alot of support from "the team". Our trip to Ontario, Montreal and home (Alberta).
Winter of work at home and headed to California for 2010.

www.flyingcoloursstables.wordpress.com

cavalli
Aug. 27, 2009, 09:32 PM
Here is a site you might like:

http://amateurdressage.com/

LeeC
Aug. 28, 2009, 12:39 PM
BaroqueLady, I think my blog may be just what you're looking for. I don't own a horse. I take one weekly lesson and for the last four months I've also paid for practice rides once a week. I'm 42, work full-time, juggle the family, pets and riding. I came to dressage 2.5 yrs ago from a h/j background. I guess my blog title says it all...

Confessions of a Struggling Dressage Rider
How an adult rider manages it all.
http://www.dressagerider.wordpress.com

Pariah Pony
Aug. 28, 2009, 04:18 PM
I think this horse is being pointed towards eventing, but so far only dressage in the works. I've really been enjoying it.

http://pariahpony.wordpress.com/


Hey, that's me!
I just wandered over here today to make myself at home on the dressage board.. you are correct, eventually I'd like to event with my boy but first we are going to work on dressage.

For anyone interested, my blog is oriented towards promoting the saddlebred in sport disciplines, and is really geared towards individuals who are not part of the saddlebred industry. It's a training log and P.R. shtick.

I purchased Elvis with the intent of eventing him, but I want to build our foundation in dressage solidly before I even think of taking him over any jumps. This is an adventure for a number of reasons. First, I am most definitely an "ordinary person". My exposure to dressage has been only in principle and filtered through an "old school" approach to hunter/jumper. Second, Elvis is not only green but he's my first saddlebred and the first youngster that is entirely under my training control.

SmartAlex, I'm really glad that you are enjoying the blog! I've been so busy the past week and a half that I haven't made any recent posts. That will change this weekend though.. we've had some wonderful breakthroughs, new notes on our second lesson, lots of photos, and exciting saddle fit news (har har har). Additionally, I should be getting a new charger for my video camera which will make for fun posts.

Wow, I really feel special!.. I made it t COTH! I'll have to mention this to Elvis.. ;)

BaroqueLady
Aug. 29, 2009, 03:38 PM
LeeC....I sent you a PM!

Cat - OnceUponADressageDream
Aug. 31, 2009, 08:12 AM
Hi there,

I have a dressage blog which until now has been a bit more general in its content, but my intention is to get more into the nitty gritty of our training now that I am having regular lessons. I have just begun to update it again after a bit of a hiatus while I was recovering from an injury and selling my second horse!

I try topost regular updates including pictures and video of the horses I'm working with, as well as quotes, humorous pieces, news from around the world, and general musings of a wannabe dressage queen type!

I also have a Twitter and youtube account - my blog posts are automatically fed through to Twitter.

If you would like to take a look, the links are below. I always appreciate any feedback on what people enjoy reading and what I could do to improve and attract more readers!

Blog:
www.onceuponadressagedream.com

Youtube:
www.youtube.com/cheekywb

Twitter:
www.twitter.com/dressageblog


Cheers,
Cat

LeeC
Sep. 1, 2009, 02:09 PM
Baroque Lady, sent you a reply PM a few days ago.

AFierceArmadillo
Sep. 2, 2009, 09:30 AM
At the risk of shameless self-promotion, I've recently switched my blog over to talking about my journey back to dressage, after eight years of hunters (due to college) and riding informally. I'm a bit crap at the moment, but you know, it's a journey, and so it has to start somewhere... and if somewhere is being unable to make a well trained horse trot, then so be it, haha!http://theyoungandtherestive.blogspot.com

swgarasu
Sep. 2, 2009, 10:33 AM
Livejournal has a lot of horsey blogs, and even a community-
http://community.livejournal.com/equestrian/
If you go to the community, you will find most of the posters have blogs, and a large number of them ride dressage.

AWorkinProgress
Sep. 4, 2009, 11:12 AM
Hi BaroqueLady,
I just started a blog like that. Well, I'm trying to anyway. It seems that since I started my blog that the weather, work and fate are conspiring against me! But what you're looking for is exactly the intent I had with my blog. I hope now that fall and cooler weather have arrived that I'll be able to get things rolling. But I could use all the support I can get! I think I set this up so that the link automatically appears, but just in case I didn't here it is:
http://shannonfornari.blogspot.com/

PiaffeDreams
Sep. 5, 2009, 11:55 PM
Well, I don't keep up with it nearly as much as I'd like. Some posts are very "fluffy", but I've got some more nuts and bolts ones in there. I try to tag them for the links on the right hand side of the page so that they can be found more easily.

I do plan to get it going more. Its not an ammies blog, but I'm a medium level no name pro trying to make my own horses up the levels. Its exactly as its titled, my Piaffe Dreams.... and the process of getting trying to make those dreams a reality.

http://piaffedreams.blogspot.com

Yes, it has ads.... I debate keeping them, but I'm more than half-way to earning one lesson right now. :lol::lol: