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So if i was to have the opportunity to do a summer WS with a dressage rider...

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  • So if i was to have the opportunity to do a summer WS with a dressage rider...

    My feeling is it would be a challenge (since I haven't ridden in a dressage saddle since I was like....9? 10 maybe?) but ultimately an amazing experience, an awesome thing to have on my resume that might give me an edge when applying for a H/J working student in the future. My uncle has a close friend who is a dressage rider. Since I am young I was thinking that a family friend would be a good job to start with and then when I'm older I can get a WS with someone else. Thoughts? Ideas?
    "If we we couldn't laugh we'd all go insane, if we weren't all crazy we'd all go insane." ~Jimmy Buffet
    "Pursuing the life of my high-riding heroes I burned up my childhood days..."-Willie Nelson

  • #2
    that would be SUCH AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE! I did dressage as my only discipline for a really long time and when i crossed over into the jumpers a lot of stuff made a lot of sense. Especially here, where I'm from, where everyone's in draw reins and has the "get the head down NOW" mentality instead of riding from behind.

    so yeah. def do it.


    • #3
      Just remember that riding in a dressage saddle is not the same thing as doing dressage. But yes, it does help with jumping.


      • #4
        Any time you get a chance to learn, take it! Being able to balance a horse and work with flexion, collection, etc. will only help you in the long run.
        A proud friend of bar.ka.


        • #5
          Do it. Good dressage is just formal flatwork and the basis for everything else. Learn what the trainer has to offer. Do what she wants on her horses. Ask questions and keep your eyes peeled. For the rest of your life, you can apply the parts of what the formal dressage people to do any discipline.
          The armchair saddler
          Politically Pro-Cat


          • #6
            I agree with the others... Learning the basics of Dressage will ONLY benefit you.

            Good Luck!!
            Aca-Believe it!!


            • #7
              I find riding dressage and working on a correct dressage position in a dressage saddle makes me much stronger and more solid in my jumping saddle. It's great cross-training for you. And, dressage principals are so important when training jumping horses. All of my jumpers and hunters do dressage, some even go and show dressage as well. When done correctly, it is a great basis for any kind of sport horse training.
              "A good horse and a good rider are only so in mutual trust."


              • #8
                i would definitely do it

                I did the same thing when I was resume-building. One of the best things I ever did. No time in the saddle is ever wasted and it will only help broaden your perspective.


                • #9
                  DO IT! I was a working student at a big name dressage barn and it helped me and my horses so much!
                  Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.


                  • #10
                    I would definitely do it. I'm primarily a dressage rider now, but I rode h/j for 15 years before I switched disciplines and I really wish I had done it the other way around. So much that never made sense to me, or that I struggled with, really became clear once I started learning formal dressage. The best h/j trainers tend to have an understanding of at least basic (up to 2nd level or so) dressage IME.

                    I still do a little bit of jumping and I have to say it is better now than it was when I was more serious about it. All that wasted work...
                    exploring the relationship between horse and human


                    • #11
                      Do it. I had a similar opportunity when I was a Hunter rider. I can't remember why exactly I didn't take it, but I don't think it was a very good reason and I regret it now!


                      • #12
                        Do it! You'll learn loads!
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                        • #13
                          First off, CONGRATS! I know you and I have talked and that's great someone is taking you on, so yay!

                          Take the position! Dressage will do wonders for your equitation, jumping, and how you think about riding. I take a dressage lesson once a week with a trainer and it has done wonders for both my horse and I.

                          Congrats again! I'm happy and excited for you!


                          • Original Poster

                            Originally posted by IsolaBella09 View Post
                            First off, CONGRATS! I know you and I have talked and that's great someone is taking you on, so yay!

                            Take the position! Dressage will do wonders for your equitation, jumping, and how you think about riding. I take a dressage lesson once a week with a trainer and it has done wonders for both my horse and I.

                            Congrats again! I'm happy and excited for you!
                            Thanks! (and thanks to everyone else too!) I haven't actually gotten the position yet, but it's a great opportunity so I'm hoping we can make it work out.
                            "If we we couldn't laugh we'd all go insane, if we weren't all crazy we'd all go insane." ~Jimmy Buffet
                            "Pursuing the life of my high-riding heroes I burned up my childhood days..."-Willie Nelson


                            • #15
                              Before doing the Working Student thing, find out everything the job will supply.
                              Insurance ? A decent place to live ? Spending money ? What are the hours ? What do you get if you go to shows ?
                              I have hired several ex-Dressage grooms who told horror stories of living in a van at the shows and having their per diem not paid when they accidently "tore" the tshirts they had been given as uniforms.
                              You can get a bad job in any part of the horse business, so look carefully before you leap. Be careful and check the perspective boss out carefully.