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Dressage Over Jumping?

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  • Dressage hacking jumping what else can i do with my horse

View Poll Results: Would you rather do dressage or jumping?
Dressage 21 52.50%
Jumping 19 47.50%
Voters: 40. You may not vote on this poll

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    09-18-2011, 10:36 AM
  #11
Ink
Weanling
I prefer dressage, mostly because I'm too chicken to jump over 2ft lol. Granted I've only just started riding it, but I love it so far. The thing I enjoy most is the communication aspect. I like having a horse that will respond to a subtle twitch of my fingers or push from my calf. I especially enjoy learning methods that I can carry over to training for other disciplines like WP and HUS. I haven't found it boring to ride at all thus far, but that probably has to do with my tame Quarter horse background where most of what you do is work circles on the flat lol. I suppose I can see how people who really enjoy the rush of jumping would find it a bit dull by comparison. I've always been a big proponent of don't knock it till you try it. It baffles my how people can admittedly never have ridden a discipline, or even seen a class beyond a youtube video someone showed them, can say that it is the worst discipline ever and don't know why anyone would want to do it. I think perhaps we should all try riding a mile in someone else's saddle before we make judgments like that.
     
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    09-18-2011, 06:28 PM
  #12
Yearling
Dressage is my passion. I love the progression of training and that you never ever reach the top and know it all. You will never know everything there is to know about dressage, you can continue to learn more and more. (Which I suppose is true for horseback riding in general.)

I'm also a chicken, so jumping over three feet is rather scary to me. I do enjoy jumping smaller things though, trail riding, and look forward to trying out many different disciplines, but dressage is my true love.
     
    09-18-2011, 09:55 PM
  #13
Weanling
I also like both. I like dressage more though. If someone told me 10 years ago that I would be saying that I would have laughed. I was very surprised how much I really loved it after I gave it an honest try instead of thinking of it as a side tool for jumping. I enjoy it because it is indeed very difficult and requires a lot of focus. When you get something right it is immensely satisfying.

I'm not sure why some of the dressagers are saying they are chicken. Trying to learn how to sit big movements can be pretty scary in my opinion!
     
    09-18-2011, 09:57 PM
  #14
Showing
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Originally Posted by dance21    
Just a quick opinion poll, do you prefer dressage over jumping?
Why can't one do both? I think both disciplines has something to learn, and I also think horse can't be a good jumper without good basics (which is basically a dressage).
     
    09-20-2011, 11:16 PM
  #15
Green Broke
I love dressage... but I love jumping a lot too.
I love the freedom of jumping, but the beauty and technicality of dressage was just something that jumping couldn't beat. I am addicted to the feeling of when I learn something new in dressage and it feels AMAZING. And being that close to your horse with such invisible aids.... its just magical sometimes :) then again there have been plenty of times I have cried my eyes out and wanted to quit. But I keep going back the next day.... so here it goes. Hi I'm ridergirl23 and I'm addicted to dressage. ;)

P.s. I do love to jump every once in a while... in my opinion a horse should be able to do both to a certain degree.
     
    09-20-2011, 11:56 PM
  #16
Weanling
I've always loved jumping always hated dressage because I found it boring. BUT then I got a good dressage instructor to help as I event so my dressage scores were failing me. So I realised the importance and also jumping higher was getting harder without the dressage foundation. So I started to get dressage lessons with a good instructor that I liked and understood. I had a dressage instructor that was like "you can't canter until you can trot better, you can't take corners yet your not ready" so I spent an hour trotting in a circle not understanding a word she was talking about! This new instructor would let me try everything, he was all about suppleness in all gaits. Can't learn to take corners deep if you don't do it. So after 4 years of my horse being ridden hollow he was proper and supple in 8 lessons. Ozzie got a spark about him and started pulling out the most awesome lengthening trots, started to elevate, and enjoyed doing it. So I started to enjoy it because my horse was loving it!
Kayty is right with the dressage and dressage going hand-in-hand. When i'm getting ready for a jumping show or an ode I only jump once a week if that
     
    09-21-2011, 12:46 AM
  #17
Yearling
To me, dressage doesn't get interesting until the upper levels. To see the skill and discipline that goes into asking a horse (ever so quietly) to Piaffe, or extend to the most amazing trot ever, is something to be marveled... however, I am a jumper rider. And in truth, it is much easier to find a cheap and super talented jumper.
     
    09-21-2011, 05:03 AM
  #18
Foal
I do like to ride both, but being an adrenaline junky that I am I love jumping over 3ft, we got 3ft9 the other day and it was amazing, but on the other hand, we also got the perfect circles after weeks of trying ... that felt pretty good I must admit, when im doing my dressage schooling I always pop a cross pole or hack her out after as praise as she loves jumping and hacking xx
     
    09-21-2011, 09:09 AM
  #19
Trained
Both for me as well! My horse is an eventer. My experience/knowledge lies mainly in the jumping but the feeling when you get THAT just right is amazing. I love jumping, absolutely adore it, there is nothing like the feeling of reaching new heights. I'm a huge chicken cross-country but Monty is a machine so he gives me a lot of confidence.

Tell you what I have never felt better than the day we were trotting and my coach said to just relax a little more and Monty just pulled out this most incredible trot out of nowhere... from hollow and rushy to relaxed and swinging through the back, all because I relaxed. Wow. That was FLATWORK, which traditionally I hate. I will jump given the choice, but I think I'm learning to enjoy flatting.

Only thing that has ever come close was my jumping lesson last week where my coach told me I was good enough that I didn't need to use my hands for balance. We're only jumping small at the moment but that's because he wants me to work on getting Monty in deeper before we go up in height. He tends to take the long spot a lot, being a cross-country machine. And guess what... it's all FLATWORK that's getting us in deep and that will, therefore, increase Monty's upwards scope over fences. Not that what we're doing at the moment really counts as jumping... it can't be more than 6 inches when we start a lesson, and no more than 2 feet by the end of it. Part of it is that my saddle SUCKS (it's a tiny, cheap little synthetic a/p that I just can't get OUT of, so I look worse than I really am, plus it's at least an inch too small), and part of it is that Monty needs to be more consistent.

I much prefer my dressage saddle to my all purpose, and the dressage fits Monty a lot better - that's the main reason we're mostly flatting at the moment. When I eventually find the money for a proper jumping saddle, that is likely to change. Or even just a better all-purpose!
     
    09-22-2011, 12:13 AM
  #20
Foal
I like both.
I love to jump, and I want to see how high I can get. Jumping is just a thrill for me, I feel very satisfied when I jump a course perfectly.
Same goes for dressage (or flatwork, because I don't do competitive dressage) I love it when I execute something correctly (like a flying lead change, nice transitions, leg yield etc.)
So a short answer is, I like both, but my heart lies with jumping right now. But I am mostly devoted to making myself a better and more effective rider. As a person who likes to jump, I know that I cannot only jump, I must do flat work too. I love to do things correctly.
     

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