Training Across Riding Disciplines

Have you ever cross-trained your horse by taking lessons outside your primary riding discipline? If so, tell us about your experiences.

I don't take riding lessons

Total votes cast: 305

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I break, train of my horses I train them for everything. From herding cattle, to roping,trail ridin

6/19/2017 10:37:16 PM


6/19/2017 4:41:53 PM

Trying some Working Equitation classes

6/19/2017 4:40:43 PM

It was very pleasant. We did a team penning class, and we felt very happy with our horses.

6/19/2017 2:22:40 PM

train riding and gaited dressage...great combination

6/19/2017 12:55:29 PM

Changing the routine and doing new things is fun and challening and develops new skills.

6/19/2017 7:20:00 AM

1st and 2nd level dressage when primary discipline is competititve trail riding(NATRC)

6/18/2017 9:11:56 PM

Crosstraining makes for versatile & adaptable performance

6/18/2017 9:05:21 PM

Cross training makes life interesting for horse and rider, better bonding!

6/18/2017 8:07:53 PM

Trail riding naturally cross-trains to some degree.

6/18/2017 7:53:50 PM

show jumping is dressage with poles!!

6/18/2017 6:45:13 PM

Combine dressage, equitation and trail riding to keep my horses engaged

6/18/2017 6:12:14 PM

I trained/took lessons in dressage to help my horse succeed in both hunter under saddle and western.

6/18/2017 1:04:06 PM

The variation is very good for both me and my horse!

6/18/2017 8:47:58 AM

driving fhhorse I take riding dressage lessons that help his driving control and dressage

6/17/2017 2:36:59 PM

I ride dressage but took some jumping lessons for fun

6/17/2017 11:37:21 AM

I ride Western, took reining lessons and dressage lessons...both made me a better rider.

6/17/2017 10:12:40 AM

My horses are always cross trained

6/17/2017 2:43:26 AM

Recently took Dressage lessons on my QH trained in AQHA All events including HUS. Love it so much it

6/16/2017 8:12:10 PM

cow work once in a while and versatility clinics for fun

6/16/2017 7:40:56 PM

Dressage and hunter lessons with an endurace horse. Well worth it.

6/16/2017 5:55:24 PM

Some Western oriented trainers do not have any understanding of gaited horses ridden Western .

6/16/2017 5:36:54 PM

I first started with dressage and then added western instruction.2 instructors at same time 4 a yr.

6/16/2017 5:32:20 PM

Dressage lessons on a trail/endurance horse

6/16/2017 4:31:50 PM

I always cross train my horses

6/16/2017 2:25:28 PM

Dressage horse who does a little low level sj & working equitation for fun

6/16/2017 5:26:28 AM

Harness horse...from racing to dressage

6/15/2017 7:55:07 PM

I ride english. Ill have western lessons to strech and use different muscles in my horse.

6/15/2017 6:57:32 PM

Dressage training 4my barrel horses. Happy calm barrel horses.

6/15/2017 4:59:02 PM

It was extremely helpful and refreshing to do something different, it's why I decided to do Eventing

6/15/2017 3:13:38 PM

OPRC! Dressage Fix-a-Tests, Cow-cutting, Jumping, Driving, Eventing & Fox-chasing clinics...fun!

6/15/2017 11:30:43 AM

I have always utilized crosstraining techniques, it helps student/horse advance better and quicker.

6/14/2017 11:56:51 PM

RCMP training for civilians=world opening.My horse went from spooky to seasoned in 1 week-end. He no

6/14/2017 9:13:07 PM

Parelli saved my life with horses.

6/14/2017 8:52:12 PM

I consider myself primarily a hunter rider, but any horse can benefit from basic dressage training.

6/14/2017 7:45:09 PM

advanced horsewoman, no lessons needed, work / show in both E&W, amazing / versatile gelding

6/14/2017 6:56:01 PM

took a cutting horse and turned her into a level one western dressage and loves jumping

6/14/2017 6:54:45 PM

went better than I thought!

6/14/2017 1:58:28 PM

Dressage for jumping

6/14/2017 12:12:45 PM

Usually ride Western, but have trained in driving, dressage, cattle work & done gaming

6/14/2017 12:01:49 PM

I started out Western, but switched to dressage with no problems.

6/14/2017 11:50:38 AM

Started with a year of traditional dressage lessons to help a physically weakened western horse.

6/14/2017 11:07:15 AM

fox hunter that events in off season - I lesson in all 3 disciplines

6/14/2017 8:10:41 AM

he loves variety and gets bored if always the same stuff

6/14/2017 6:14:45 AM

Best thing ever!

6/13/2017 10:15:47 PM

The last time I took riding lessons was 48 years ago

6/13/2017 9:07:54 PM

I've taken Western, Jumping, and Dressage lessons--but was for me more than my horse.

6/13/2017 8:56:05 PM

No, I don't take lessons, just trail ride from home. But if I had access to lessons I might.

6/13/2017 7:13:20 PM

Yes, I show hunter pleasure and take dressage lessons in the off season

6/13/2017 7:04:26 PM

barrel racing to dressage, sooo worth it!!!

6/13/2017 5:15:34 PM

Arab Gelding: Saddleseat/Western Pl&Eq/Driving/Trail & some jumping

6/13/2017 4:51:47 PM

In riding and showing hunters, I took Dressage lessons and it significally improved the preformance

6/13/2017 4:41:55 PM

i love dressage but my horse loves to jump so lessons for both and we team pen a few times a year

6/13/2017 4:11:54 PM

I crossed over from Western Pleasure to Dressage to learn more discipline

6/13/2017 1:43:02 PM

No lessons, but we do incorporate training/skills from other disciplines to keep horses well rounded

6/13/2017 1:13:25 PM

Lessons are expensive so I limit them to my chosen discipline, dressage. All else on my own time.

6/13/2017 1:02:41 PM

Constantly trying different disciplines; keeps horses from getting bored, & develops useful muscles.

6/13/2017 12:35:18 PM

I'm an eventer, so have ridden with eventers, show jumpers, and dressage riders. Great experiences!

6/13/2017 12:06:05 PM

I'm currently taking lessons from a dressage trainer for my barrel horse.

6/13/2017 11:52:16 AM