Western Dressage

Since becoming an adult, I found that I couldn’t ride in any type of English / Dressage saddle.  I’m not sure if it’s the itty bitty stirrup leathers or the pitch of the seat, but whatever it is, a 5 minute ride in one hurts my back for a week.  So needless to say, all of Kobi’s dressage training was done in a western saddle.

I went to a big muckety muck dressage trainer (who will remain nameless) once.  During that one lesson she gave me odd looks as I was tacking Kobi up western.  I explained that I couldn’t use a dressage saddle because of my back.  When it was time to mount up, she sent me over to the 3-step mounting block for my little 14.2 mustang!  I guess she thought that no only was a dork for riding dressage in a western saddle, but I must be decrepit too!  Like I said, I only rode under her once!

Well, now it’s a few years later and Western Dressage is now a certified event.  Seems like I wasn’t a dork after all, but on the cutting edge of the sport.  Unfortunately it hasn’t caught on here in Florida yet, but maybe by the time I finally get a horse trailer and can travel to shows, they might have them around here!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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1 Response to Western Dressage

  1. John Hamel says:

    Great perspective.

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