FAQs

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Is a person “middle aged” too old to learn to ride?

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If an adult is in fairly good physical condition and has a desire to learn to ride or resume riding after a long hiatus, they certainly can embark on the journey. I have started many people in this situation and they are joyfully enjoying the journey.

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Do I have to have a fancy horse?

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Dressage training can improve any horse as it improves focus, the natural gaits, and the musculature. It’s a fun and rewarding process!

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What if I have a gaited horse?

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Again the basics of dressage improve any horses’s rideability, confidence, focus, suppleness, flexibility, and adjustability at least. This applies to gaited or horses with natural gaits.

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What if I ride western?

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The basics of dressage can be applied in any saddle. They can be practiced by riders who pursue any discipline. A new division” western dressage” has been created for folks who want to compete in a western saddle.

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Do I have to compete?

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Competition offers another dimension to riding but certainly need not be pursued. Many of my riders want to learn the basics of dressage to improve their trail horses!

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What if I’ve never had a formal lesson?

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I’ve started many folks with this background. Dressage emphasizes the rider learn their own body awareness, so the aids they give their horses make sense and thereby get more predictable results.