First day under a dressage saddle

Hempstead, TX(Zone 8a)

I have not been on this forum in ages; but I thought I would introduce my 4 year-old solid bred paint quarter horse. He was given the name JesseJames after a famous quarter horse. I have had him for about 2 years and have been riding him western. All the training I have done with him has been in an effort to make him an all around stock horse. We have competed in pleasure and versatility mainly and have done some work with cattle - very little work actually. I have been wanting to put this little bay under an English saddle since the day I bought him - dressage - actually. So beautiful and this horse wants to learn and loves to please.

After two years of talking about it, a friend of mine found me a beautiful dressage saddle (from the Equestrian Market Day in Bryan/College Station, Tx), and got together all the rest of the things one needs and I had my first lesson today. Just the basics. It will be the basics for a while until my new dressage trainer comes back in September.

Everything I have learned as a western rider is just the opposite in the English world. I am not unlearning anything just learning another way to ride.

I hope to post more as I learn more and share some of my experiences and begin keeping up with the equine forum. I know there is much to learn and plenty of DG'ers who will keep me on the stright and narrow.


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