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post #21 of 27 Old 09-22-2011, 10:18 AM
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I've moved a couple times since I started riding a few years ago, and the first two barns I rode at were jumper barns. While jumping was fun, I felt like both of those barns put jumping before elements of a proper seat and control of the horse, so the next time I moved I looked for a dressage barn, and I think it was the right choice for me.

I've stuck with dressage because I enjoy the close partnership I feel with my horse when we're learning new things. Perhaps it was because I was still very much a beginner, but I didn't get that feeling when I was jumping.

I now lease a horse that isn't allowed to be jumped, but if I don't end up buying him, I'd love to try some eventing with my next horse!
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post #22 of 27 Old 09-22-2011, 11:06 AM
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Well, since you have to have dressage under your belts in order to jump properly, effeciantly and correctly.....I say both. Jumping is dressage with speed bumps, and as my Coach who competes at the Upper Levels in the Jumping World states "Dressage is an exension of your jumping" it's quite important to work on, on a daily basis.

Many GP Jumpers and Upper Level Eventers spend up to 4,5 days a week working on only dressage - because of how important it is in order to do their sport successfully.

Jumping a fence is jumping a fence, it's what you do inbetween them that is important. If you don't have quality rides between the fences, your fences wont be successful.
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post #23 of 27 Old 09-26-2011, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer View Post
Jumping is dressage with speed bumps,
I was going to say this exactly. Without decent flat work, i.e. dressage, a jumping performance will just fall apart.

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post #24 of 27 Old 09-26-2011, 07:22 PM
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Well, you need the means (dressage) to have the effective fun end (jumping), so for me it's toss up. It all depends on the mood I'm in on a particular day and what my horse needs to work on. Sometimes I'll get on planning on working on dressage and he'll be so stiff and uninterested that we need to switch gears and pop over some jumps and have some fun. Other days he's lunatic that only the suppling exercises of dressage can fix. Nothing like a little spiral in/spiral out to keep you in the saddle when it's 20 degrees out and you're riding a fire breathing dragon!
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post #25 of 27 Old 10-01-2011, 11:13 PM
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Both.. that's why they have eventing right?!

I love the thrill of the jump, but there is also a thrill in dressage. I can see that it is boring the the viewer (at the lower levels mostly), but if you've ever ridden dressage you know its much more complicated than it looks!

I am only doing level 1 dressage stuff right now, but I am already hooked. I love the feeling of improving yourself and the communication between horse and rider, you just can't beat that!

But nailing a course or even a combination requires a lot of communication and work as well.

When non horsey people want to come see me ride, I always invite them to a jumping lesson rather than a dressage lesson. It's just more viewer friendly, especially if you've never even sat on a horse ;)
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post #26 of 27 Old 10-02-2011, 12:56 AM
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I know they say you have to have dressage to jump (And I like dressage)...

but if I had two comps same weekend one was jumping and once was dressage - I would go jumping any day of the week...

IN saying that I love dressage as well - I just prefer to jump
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post #27 of 27 Old 10-02-2011, 01:02 AM
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Interesting way of putting it!
If I had to choose one over the other on a given weekend..
I'd choose eventing!! :)

No but really, it'd just depend on my mood :)

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