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Spinoff: What makes you NOT a DQ

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  • Spinoff: What makes you NOT a DQ

    Personal experiences only please!

    DQ faux pas I have performed myself are among others:
    Showing up at fancy Dressage barn for lesson in my little Geo Metro with the squeeling fan belt and actually parking it right there with all the fancy Beemers, Mercedes', Lexus' etc. Wearing shoes that had holes in them and chaps with fringes (think western or harley davidson ) and riding pants were the button had popped off (hidden by the belt I hoped)! I was so obviously not a DQ that the barn help thought I was one of them and after unsaddling, washing and returning the schoolmaster to his stall I was shown how to clean the tack!
    Not only does my dressage horse not live in a stall, I take her on 4-6 hour trail rides with a bunch of women called the saddlebags and jump her too. I love Dressage, but I need the other stuff to stay sane and keep from become too uptight!
    Hoppe, Hoppe, Reiter...
    Wenn er faellt dann schreit er...

    Originally posted by mbm
    forward is like love - you can never have enough

  • #2
    I wear a helmet!
    Donald Trump - proven liar, cheat, traitor and sexual predator! Hillary Clinton won in 2016, but we have all lost.


    • #3
      When I finally outgrew my first pair of tall boots, I did not have enough money to buy a new pair. To top it all off, I found out I didn't fit the night before a show!! It had been a few seasons sense I had used them... I should have known! So, I ended up cutting them down the inside where nobody would be able to see and used black duct taped to extend them the amount I needed.

      Now, it wouldn't be that big of a deal, but I did not replace those boots (and showed multiple times in them) until the next year!

      That is what I did as a broke college student.

      I still find shortcuts, though none as drastic. This is why I am not a DQ


      • #4
        1. I drive a yellow Subaru wagon with 93,000 miles on it.
        2. I have never had a : manicure, pedicure, massage, body wrap, facial, or my hair "done".
        3. I actually ride my horses 4 or 5 times a week.
        4. I clean all the barn tack and sweep aisles to help the barn workers.
        5. I don't show (or show off).
        6. In clinics, I want to work on what I DON'T do well.
        7. My horses' hair is better groomed than my own.
        8. No bling in sight.
        9. I'm the first to laugh at myself.

        and finally,
        10. I SWEAT.


        • #5
          I clean my own gelding's sheath.
          \"I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with someone who is unarmed.\"--Pogo


          • #6
            I shovel my own horses' shit!

            ( Poop observation is the window to your horses soul!)
            ... _. ._ .._. .._


            • #7
              Cutting and pasting from others' posts and adding my own nuances:

              1. I drive a beat up '93 Honda Accord with 270,000 miles on it.
              2. I have never had a : manicure or a pedicure. Tut I am a massager therapist.
              3. I actually ride my horse 3 times a week.
              4. I clean some of the barn tack and my own and sweep aisles to help the barn workers and feed hay and bring in and let out.
              5. I don't show (or show off).
              6. I don't clinic; I don't have the dough.
              7. My horses' hair is better groomed than my own.
              8. No bling in sight.
              9. I'm the first to laugh at myself.
              10. I shovel my horses' poop myself.
              11. I clean my trainer's barn toilet! (and sink)
              12. I clean my geldings' sheaths.
              13. I sometimes "groom" for my trainer or her assistant.
              14. I've done stalls for my trainer.
              15. I've trailered her students to shows.
              16. I recently showed up at a clinic dressed a bit like a bag lady 'cause it was cold and right after my lesson. And I was foolish enough to bring potato chips!
              17. My horses go barefoot.
              18. I clicker train.
              19. I bring over my dog for groundhog hunting.
              20. I don't wear nail polish.
              21. Lately I'm wearing one half chap and a polo wrap on the other leg 'cause the fairies took the other half chap.
              22. My horse in training is not clipped and doesn't wear a blanket.

              Given more time, I'm sure I could think of more.

              and finally,
              23. I SWEAT. Yeah, me too.
              Laurie Higgins
              "Expectation is premeditated disappointment."


              • #8
                - i ride my horse everyday and haven't had a lesson i years
                - i go to shows by myself, without the entourage. groom - what's a groom
                - i am the best stall mucker around, and have been called Miss Broom for my aisle sweeping skills
                - my one and only pair of boots had zippers, they busted, and are now held together with many strips of electrical tape. the huge holes in both ankles help to fill the said boots with shavings, arena dirt, snow, and other fun things
                - my psg mare ground ties, trail rides, and loads by herself

                my one confession : my browbands have *bling* (diamonds are really my girls' best friends)


                • #9
                  Not a DQ because:

                  While I love dressage and give all of my horses some form of dressage training it isn't the only discipline in the world.

                  I do my own work and am not resentful of doing it.

                  While I have a warmblood I'll be the first to say he isn't a uber fancy horse, just a fun pet, and I don't care if you don't have a warmblood nor think breed X can't be uber fancy or at least very charming in its own right -- in fact if you own and love a yak, that is your perogative and long as it's a nice, sweet yak, I'll probably like it too -- and give it some of my horse's cookies and peppermints if we meet up at a show/clinic.

                  While I like looking nice and having a lovely, matching, coordinated acoutrement for both horsey and I as well as the impeccably groomed look, some days it just ain't going to happen because I've got other, more pressing concerns like bills to pay, a job to go to, and kids to get home from school -- and I have used the kids' neon froggy saddle pad at lessons with two European BNT because that's the only clean pad I could get my hands on rushing out the door those two days (the only pad bytheby that actually can clash with white polos and black breeches/dark blue-grey shirt)


                  • #10
                    I'm as blind as a bat after a range of about 15 feet without my glasses on, and I don't wear them around the barn as I'm really quite happy in my own myopic world. Folks soon learn to stay out of my way in the arena.

                    Last week, I was piddling around, grooming and tacking up, when I suddenly noticed a new lady I hadn't met before was down on the very far cross ties and had obviously been there for some time, so I went down and introduced myself and said hello and apologized for ignoring her, explaining the blindness situation and saying that I didn't want to come off as a DQ... She howled with laughter and said "not much chance of that riding a horse that looks like yours!"

                    Umm. OK.


                    • #11
                      I ride my horse outside in the middle of huge, open fields with 4 big dogs running with me. I gallop (oh my!) and intentionally practice zig-zag half pass, shoulder-in, haunches-in, etc. down a country road.
                      Most friendships in the horse world are just an opinion away from doom.


                      • #12
                        I'll annoy my high strung instructor by putting my western saddle and bridle on and playing Reining Queen on occasion...

                        I hand sew my purple sparkly tail bag for my ayrab's long ground dragging tail...

                        I sing outloud Banarama from my ipod while my aforementioned instructor is riding his uberfancy gp horses.
                        Last edited by Trixie's mom; Nov. 23, 2007, 10:08 PM. Reason: boo boo


                        • #13
                          You are all DQs. Go back and read the other thread. Queens. You all are. Queens.


                          • #14
                            I AM NOT A DRESSAGE QUEEN..........................

                            I am a PRINCESS in training.....................


                            • #15
                              Ultimately? My budget!
                              Proud member of the Colbert Dressage Nation


                              • #16
                                I ride a big gray draft x instead of a bay varmblood.

                                I have purple half chaps.

                                I wear a helmet.

                                I'm unskinny.

                                I take care of my own horse every day.


                                • #17
                                  What makes me NOT a DQ:
                                  I turn my dressage horse out in a large grassy all day turn out rain or shine and I'm not worried that her coat will bleach out b/c of the sun.
                                  I trail ride my dressage horse on some quite steep hills several times per week
                                  I only have cold water in the barn, no hot water
                                  I use a Porto-potty in the barn
                                  I don't use splint boots for regular schooling
                                  My dressage horse is part TB
                                  My saddle is only $1200.00 and my double bridle is only $120.00
                                  I don't care if I win or get beaten in the dressage show. As long as I break 60% I'm happy.
                                  I don't have a trainer who "tunes up" my horse before the show for me.
                                  I don't have artificial nails or eyelashes.
                                  I pull my trailer with an old Suburban.
                                  My mare is barefoot behind.
                                  Last edited by Dressage Art; Nov. 27, 2007, 06:39 PM.


                                  • #18
                                    DQ NOT!

                                    I made my own dressage arena from cinder blocks and pvc pipes - Complete with orange traffic cone letters!

                                    & oh yeah - all of the above!!!


                                    • #19
                                      In my circle of friends, DQ is a tongue in cheek term of endearment!!!!

                                      That said, I:

                                      Ride a pony!

                                      Do all my own work

                                      Clean my pony's sheath AND THE SHEATHS OF OTHERS FOR NO PAYMENT!

                                      Will teach this skill to others with sympathy and patience

                                      Drive my own truck/trailer and can back it up to not only hook up but to park IN THE DARK OF NIGHT!

                                      Feed my pony only hay and beet pulp

                                      Keep him barefoot

                                      Jump occasionally (on purpose)

                                      Am kind and helpful to all riders I know regardless of their income level or dicipline

                                      Will happily eat TOP RAMEN to afford necessary vet/suppliments

                                      Consider myself successful in public if I make it out of the ring without peeing my pants....

                                      I guess I am not really a DQ after all.....
                                      he's a big horse with short legs...really!


                                      • #20
                                        I have Warmblood tastes on an Arabian budget
                                        \"For all those men who say, \"Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free,\" here\'s an update for you: Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it\'s not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage.\"-