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The "I have no business doing dressage clique"

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  • The "I have no business doing dressage clique"

    Hi everyone, I have no business doing dressage! Oh well, I can hang myself or do it anyway....

    1. I can't afford a $3500 saddle, $700 boots, or $400 coat.
    2. My arena is not covered so isn't useable half of the winter and *GASP* I don't have a dressage court to practice on!
    3. I ride an arab, 'cause I want to and not just because I can't afford a $50K imported warmblood.
    4. I ride in an AP saddle because I haven't found the right dressage saddle yet.
    5. I post annoying questions on bulletin boards.

    Who's with me?
    Jennifer Walker
    Proud owner of Capt Han Solo+, Arabian stallion http://www.capthansolo.com
    Author, freelance writer http://www.authorjennwalker.com

  • #2
    I'm with ya, sister. I don't have a dressage trainer, the closest thing I have to a trainer is the COTHer that owns the horse I ride, and she's a H/J person. And I haven't taken a lesson from her yet! I am also the only even remotely dressage-y person in the barn, that I know of...

    I can't afford any horse right now, but when I can you can bet it will probably be an OTTB or a QH or something. I can't sit the big moving warmbloods yet--I can barely sit the little guys right now. My leg is all crunched up and my hip angle is too closed, making riding in my dressage saddle very goofy looking. Boy do I need some lunge lessons.

    I can't afford to buy tall boots right now. I am riding in half chaps and Ariats.

    I could go onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn....
    Lark B
    socialwstudent@gmail.com
    _________

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    • Original Poster

      #3
      My instructor (rides at about 2nd level) and I are the only dressage riders at our barn. I ride in these funky horsey tennis shoe things and half chaps.
      Jennifer Walker
      Proud owner of Capt Han Solo+, Arabian stallion http://www.capthansolo.com
      Author, freelance writer http://www.authorjennwalker.com

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      • #4
        This is a clique I fit into...

        I'm back in the AP saddle, too.
        My horse has rideable days and...you don't want to see it.
        The spook is her strongest figure..."8" on Spook, and if there were a coefficient for Bolt Down the Length of the Arena we'd be winning a lot more.
        My trainer calls me Pretzel Lady.
        We hang out with jumpers.
        We show with hunters.
        We're too dumb to quit.
        Never give up. Never give in. Never, never, never.

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        • #5
          Oh, do I belong in this clique. I also ride an arab, I ride in a 2- phase A/P saddle (designed for the 2 jumping phases of eventing), and I love my riding sneakers and half- chaps (with jeans!). We, too, spend much time spooking intermingled with wriggling. My trainer is actually excellent and is kind enough to put up with our ways. Most of the boarders at my barn are DQs which emphasizes how much we really stink. Fortunately, my great love is jumping so I am not too heartbroken about our lack of talent!

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          • #6
            Ah, my people!
            1. My husband is my main trainer and we ride in our backyard, and our arena is not regulation (it's wider so we can actually lope a nice big circle).
            2. I take a weekly High School lesson on Lusitano stallions using French/Portuguese methods and learning what a lot of people poo-poo as "circus tricks."
            3. We own a saddlebred, an Arabian and four quarter horses.
            4. For the past several months, I've been riding/training my 5yo ASB primarily with a Wintec wide WESTERN saddle made of fake leather. (Oh, the horror ... and the chair seat!) I ride in what's comfortable. Get over it. It fits my hard-to-fit horse and it was cheap. I'll probably just keep one of my dressage saddles in the event I do ever show again. The way I'm feeling lately, that could be a very long time.
            5. I ride in Wrangler jeans and Roper boots, even when I am in a dressage saddle. In 25 years of riding, I never have liked the feeling of tall boots and breeches. I don't like full seats or any Clarino on my lower body. I don't like to feel "stuck" to my saddle. I like to relax and slide around up there.
            6. All of my horses can work a cow (no, not spectacularly, but they know how.)
            7. All of my horses go out on the trail.
            8. All of my horses have ground manners and hop in the trailer willingly.

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            • #7
              The perfect clique for me

              1) I'm an eventer, and thus definitely not a "real dressage person"
              2) I ride a full-blooded American Saddlebred...a full-blooded, former rescue, known to throw in a few steps of rack when he gets mad Saddlebred
              3) My "dressage coat" is actually the jacket to my one and only black suit
              4) My dressage saddle is black, my dressage bridle is brown, and I'm often spotted using a hot pink saddle pad
              5) My last "dressage horse" was an 18.1h percheron -- who couldn't even break 60 at Intro level
              6) I'm most often found schooling at home in ratty tshirts, holey jeans, beat up paddock boots -- and hot pink full chaps -- with fringe!
              ~Drafties Clique~Sprite's Mom~ASB-loving eventer~
              www.gianthorse.photoreflect.com ~ http://photobucket.com/albums/v692/tarheelmd07/

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              • #8
                If you would deign to have me, I would like to join.
                1. Clueless, now and always
                2. Good spirited, fun loving and tries not to pick on other people (clearly I do not belong in the dressage world )
                3. Owns a Really Nice Dressage Saddle. That does not fit my equine. Could get it fitted, who has time?? Rides in a close contact saddle.

                What?? You need more than that??
                Chronicles of the $700 Pony
                The Further Adventures of the $700 Pony
                www.blithetraveler.com <-- My Blog

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                • #9
                  I think I might belong to this clique:
                  1) I ride a Breeding Stock Paint (not even a "real" one) that was bred from QH working stock;
                  2) I have a 1992 County dressage saddle that's looking more brown than black
                  3) I board at a non-indoor arena farm with one set of crossties and no wash stall
                  4) Although I do have trainer(s), none of them have competed for many a year themselves
                  5) And, you might kick me out on this one, I have box seats for Dressage at Devon, but I couldn't even enter the equitation class if I wanted to and, honestly, only have them so I can partake in the partying end of things;
                  6) Have never entered a recognized show...ever; and
                  7) The only reason I "try" at dressage is because I broke too many bones trying to event and now I'm a weenie.
                  "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~Sir Winston Churchill

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Knothead View Post
                    7) The only reason I "try" at dressage is because I broke too many bones trying to event and now I'm a weenie.
                    Thank God I'm not the only one!!!

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                    • Original Poster

                      #11
                      Originally posted by Knothead View Post
                      I think I might belong to this clique:
                      3) I board at a non-indoor arena farm with one set of crossties and no wash stall
                      You have crossties??? wow.
                      7) The only reason I "try" at dressage is because I broke too many bones trying to event and now I'm a weenie.
                      LOL I don't even have the broken bones to blame...I'm just a weenie!
                      Jennifer Walker
                      Proud owner of Capt Han Solo+, Arabian stallion http://www.capthansolo.com
                      Author, freelance writer http://www.authorjennwalker.com

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                      • #12
                        ROTFL!! "Dressage Poser" indeed!!

                        1) I have NO seat- literally. It was taken away by a drunk driver 6 years ago.

                        2) In January I am entering my first dressage show(UN-sanctioned of course!!) in about.. oh.... 15 years.
                        2b) Walk-Trot!!!! :r

                        3) I'm uncertain Rosie the unbroke cow-pony is *ready* for the walk-trot!!
                        3b) I can't remember a *single* rule except the bit check and something about starting within 45 secs of a bell ringing.....

                        4) Nuff said.. although I could go on about the Siegfried VSS (a/p or at least mostly jumping saddle.. brown, gasp), or the lack of an actual dressage saddle for the last 8 or so years, affinity for half-chaps and jeans, working cow horse ability (spotted 14.3 Hh appy type at that), inability to remember to ever put up the letters in our indoor.. or failing that, to at least remember where a few go, clip/turnout job about as good as you'd expect from someone with no back (and possibly no eyes), a barn fulla novice cowpokes and three professionsals: me, a barrel racer and a roper...etc, etc...

                        So yes!! Join me up!!

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                        • Original Poster

                          #13
                          We're a couple of misfits, we're a couple of misfits, what's the matter with misfits, that's where we fit in
                          We're not daffy or dilly, don't go 'round willy nilly, seems to us kind of silly, that we don't fit in
                          We may be diiferent from the rest, who decides the test of what is really best
                          We're a couple of misfits, we're a couple of misfits, what's the matter with misfits, that's where we fit in!
                          Jennifer Walker
                          Proud owner of Capt Han Solo+, Arabian stallion http://www.capthansolo.com
                          Author, freelance writer http://www.authorjennwalker.com

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                          • #14
                            I'll join!
                            1.) I've been riding just over a year.
                            2.) My mount is a 20-year old Saddlebred rescue recently retired Amish buggy horse.
                            3.) Yup, A/P saddle, but better yet-- enormous western saddlepad until Ms. Rescue horse put on some padding of her own.
                            4.) Mostly riding in the pasture & on surrounding trails.
                            5.) Do have a fantastic trainer, and love my once-a-weeks with her on her wonder-Morgans, but that's like stepping into someone else's life for an hour.
                            6.) Wearing a new pair of 1/2-price George Straight Blue Suede Ropers-- 1/2 price because they're ugly as hell, I'm sure, but boy, are they comfy!

                            What am I doing in dressage!? (Loving it! )

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                            • #15
                              Yay ! I'm in....

                              1) I was uncertain whether my Rosie, the barely broke NSH, whose trot looks like she's stamping her tiny hoofs in disgust, was ready for the walk-trot.... and we retired just shortly after the salute. Her trot exit was the best !

                              2) I have two half arabs, two half QHs, two half gaited horses, and one tiny pony. All 4 together cost less than a pair of dressage boots.

                              3) Not only do I not have an indoor to school in, but the only flat piece of land I have access to, is not quite 20 m wide, and floods almost every week

                              4) I'm so poor that I go and announce at the local shows, in return for being allowed to use their arena to school... which is the only reason I know what happens at shows.

                              5) Nobody bats an eyelid to see me all dressed up in jodhoppers and short boots, even though I'm 40 (and no, alas, I no longer look 'cute' in them!)

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by MeredithTX View Post
                                Thank God I'm not the only one!!!
                                At least we admit it!!!!!!!
                                "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~Sir Winston Churchill

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by twnkltoz View Post
                                  You have crossties??? wow.


                                  LOL I don't even have the broken bones to blame...I'm just a weenie!
                                  LOL. Well, I forgot to mention that one set of crossties sits in an aisle with tack trunks, saddle racks, etc. I consider myself lucky the farrier doesn't quit.
                                  "Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~Sir Winston Churchill

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                                  • #18
                                    Well- I am new here- but had to pipe in- I fit this clique.

                                    Not only do I ride the required Arab gelding- he lives with me. Not in some fancy barn- but in a 1/4 acre dirt turn out with shed. We have running COLD water. A hitching post- no crossties, wash stall, or indoor grooming area.

                                    He is barefoot- and always has been. And has a long mane and GASP! no bridlepath. Hard to get it cut when there is no electricity to the barn most of the time...

                                    He is as fuzzy as the 2 shetland ponies I also have. He does wear a blanket- but the sun has bleached it to tie-die blue and white. Poor guy.

                                    My dressage saddle is a cheap knock off that I bought for hardly anything. It IS safe, though, but far from good- and the saddle pad under it is a western blanket pad doing double duty.

                                    My arena is another 1/4 acre lot with chain link fencing.

                                    And I also pretend to do dressage because I'm too chicken now to do much else-

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                                    • #19
                                      1) An ever changing variety of OTTBs that I ride only because we are too cheap to employ a real rider (and no real rider would do what I do, lol, they're better than that).
                                      a) I have access to a 3 year old warmblood, but I am too wimpy to ride her (but I willingly ride the OTTBs).
                                      b) Current rides are the 17h chestnut who is "too dumb for dressage" and the 16h grey who is a saint but is generally grumpy lately. Also new 17h chestnut who I have determined to be an excellent dressage prospect because he has a "warmblood-ey head" (read: big).

                                      2) No arena of any type - but lots of 1/2 acre paddocks! (set up to be a breeding/layup farm with individual turnout).
                                      a) People feel so sorry for me after watching me careen about on said 17h thoroughbred in the mud that they find creative ways of offering me their arenas for free.

                                      3) I have a Bachelors of Science but I cannot remember 10 consecuative things, like jumps or movements. But darn it, ASK ME about biochem!!

                                      4) I have ridden three scored dressage tests. 43% (intro), 61% & 61% (green as grass).
                                      a) I have proclaimed at the end of a ride, "I didn't die!"
                                      b) My horses have proclaimed "neither did I!"

                                      5) I understand what is right while respecting what is practical. The french-link is always right. The Dr. Bristol is sometimes practical.
                                      a) I have experienced an Elevator Bit hangover. (As in, it felt good and I had a great time, but I woke up guilty and unhappy).

                                      6) Form and accuracy, in my world, are mutually exclusive.

                                      7) I DO own a dressage saddle, it cost $350. I went nuts after tax returns and bought a bridle to match that cost the same.



                                      ~Adrienne

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                                      • #20
                                        Hmmm...anyone notice a trend here

                                        Originally posted by raffadasmom View Post
                                        3. We own a saddlebred, an Arabian and four quarter horses.
                                        Originally posted by tarheelmd07 View Post
                                        2) I ride a full-blooded American Saddlebred...a full-blooded, former rescue, known to throw in a few steps of rack when he gets mad Saddlebred
                                        Originally posted by Bayou Roux View Post
                                        2.) My mount is a 20-year old Saddlebred rescue recently retired Amish buggy horse.
                                        Originally posted by KateWooten View Post
                                        1) I was uncertain whether my Rosie, the barely broke NSH, whose trot looks like she's stamping her tiny hoofs in disgust, was ready for the walk-trot.... and we retired just shortly after the salute. Her trot exit was the best !

                                        2) I have two half arabs, two half QHs, two half gaited horses, and one tiny pony. All 4 together cost less than a pair of dressage boots.
                                        Hooray for Saddlebred dressage folks!
                                        ~Drafties Clique~Sprite's Mom~ASB-loving eventer~
                                        www.gianthorse.photoreflect.com ~ http://photobucket.com/albums/v692/tarheelmd07/

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