Dressage Over Jumping?

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Dressage Over Jumping?

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  • Dressage easier than jumping
  • Why people like jumping more than dressage

View Poll Results: Would you rather do dressage or jumping?
Dressage 21 52.50%
Jumping 19 47.50%
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    09-18-2011, 05:35 AM
Dressage Over Jumping?

Just a quick opinion poll, do you prefer dressage over jumping?
I personally love the excitement of jumping and sometimes find the technical elements of dressage a bit boring. But, if you're a dressage fanatic, I'm more than happy to listen to you go off as to the million reasons why you think dressage is better than jumping. And, if you say that dressage is beautiful to watch, I will be the first person to agree with you. It's just that riding with so much precision and perfection I often find difficult and therefore don't consider it very highly on my favourite things.
Is there anyone out there who thinks that they have a way to make dressage and flatwork more fun and exciting? I'm all ears.
Please leave your opinion in the poll too.
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    09-18-2011, 06:53 AM
You're posting in the dressage subforum.... what do you think will be the most popular answer .... *waits for brain to tick over* ;)
    09-18-2011, 07:02 AM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
You're posting in the dressage subforum.... what do you think will be the most popular answer .... *waits for brain to tick over* ;)
I posted this in the dressage subforum because I'm interested in why people enjoy dressage. You hear so much about why people love jumping but I want a different perspective of dressage. Maybe I can capture an interest in something that I have always considered to be one of the less interesting styles of riding.
As to the most popular result, I have never actually heard anyone say that they love dressage, heard a million people say they love jumping though. So, I think that the result will probably favour jumping but I'm interested in just how well dressage is perceived by a majority.
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    09-18-2011, 07:07 AM
Well I'm going to say no more.... these threads tend to turn into a dressage bashing argument *sigh* because after all, all we do is trot endlessly around and around and around in circles with little talent and dedication involved :) Ph and you have to be over 50 to genuinely love dressage ;)
    09-18-2011, 07:11 AM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
Well I'm going to say no more.... these threads tend to turn into a dressage bashing argument *sigh* because after all, all we do is trot endlessly around and around and around in circles with little talent and dedication involved :) Ph and you have to be over 50 to genuinely love dressage ;)
I know what you mean by the 'bashing argument'. I don't really want to see the passionate side of anyone about their discipline but it would be nice to have a 'pros and cons' list, sort of, regarding what people prefer.
I would like to know why people find dressage enjoyable, not why it is any better than jumping.
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    09-18-2011, 07:20 AM
Of course each discipline has it's pro's and cons... but they've been gone over time and time again, I really don't see the need to start yet another one of these threads.
Does it actually matter what people prefer? I'm a dressage rider through and through, does that make me lesser than a straight out jump rider? No it doesn't. Is a straight out jumps rider lesser than a pure dressage rider? No, they're not.
The disciplines compliment each other, as has been discussed until worn thin and ragged, dressage is the foundation of the english disciplines, without dressage, your jumping suffers. The competitive eventers and showjumpers all have a very well established level of dressage, and you'd probably be surprised to know that they don't actually jump on a daily basis. They work on their dressage to improve the horses jumping.
Many dressage riders will work their dressage horses over jumps, particularly caveletti and gymnastic exercises to improve the strength, elasticity and and balance of their horse, while breaking up the work they do.

They go hand in hand, neither is better. No argument needed.
    09-18-2011, 09:00 AM

The answer is both actually. Dressage as a participant and jumper as a viewer.

I was a jumper rider before I specialized in dressage. I jumped because that was all I knew and what was only done at the barn I started out at.

Then the instructor at that barn did a half pass and I was hooked on dressage. I did not lose interest in jumping but I simply wasn't that good at it. I was also terrified of the height so I switched. I didn't lose my passion for jumper only now more as a viewer and especially at the International level.

Dressage is my specialty and I would not do it if I was not passionate about it but as an owner of a horse that does both and has been champion in both then the answer is as I stated....both.
    09-18-2011, 09:09 AM
Dressage is beautiful and when you obtain and feel such control and will from your horse to do a complicated movement, it must be a wonderful feeling.

When I'm older and more worried about my bones and back, I'll move on to dressage. For now I'm young and have the jumper bug. ;) Though I obviously want to do, and am learning to do, some basic dressage so jumping will be easier.
    09-18-2011, 09:09 AM
Originally Posted by dance21    
I have never actually heard anyone say that they love dressage
I love dressage. I've had many jumping lessons with a professional SJ trainer and honestly never even thought for a minute that I might persue it. To me it's a boring exercise I do with my horse from time to time to keep him sane. I'm not going into details because I'm sick of all the "dressage x jumping" "english x western" etc. threads (no offence).
    09-18-2011, 10:27 AM
I love dressage and jumping equally 50 - 50; half and half however you wanna say it.
With jumping (i do jumpers and a little hunter) I love the feeling of going fast and going high. It is such a thrill when we raise the fences to new heights and I love the challenge of the crazy fences that we make and create ourselves with the lessons kids at my barn. The shows are so much fun. Warmups especially. The feeling of flying is like none other

Dressage (I'm doing level 2) though yes sometimes the basics can be boring. I love the thought process and how my horse works and moves. When me and my horse nailed our first extended trot together it was as exciting as jumping our first 3 ft course!! The tests can be so much fun to do. Me and my friends have shared so many laughs while making up our own tests and getting lost between all the letters. Even cirlces can be fun when you make that one rare but perfecto round circle and your horse just feels amazing under you. When you feel him skip a couple strides when just asking for a lead change you can just envision his potential and where we could go.
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