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        10-14-2010, 01:32 AM

    So currently I am an eventer and I love it but I went to a cross country event to support a friend (my horse is not show ready yet...). When I was there a horse fell after a jump and broke its leg at Preliminary level... I had to watch this horse almost drown in the water, stuggle to get up, scream and yell for other horse to them have the vet bring up the tarp wall and put the horse down on the course. Its something that has been ingraved in my mind forever. I really do love eventing but I know have been starting to ride dressage more because my horse is crazy and green. I love jumping and eventing but it scares me and dressage is so relaxing and carefree. My trainer really wants me to ride dressage for young riders because she thinks I am a really great rider and she love teaching me. She has great resources like Hilda Gourney, Yves Savenyon (sp) and a few other great riders. I think I might have a chance to be a good and go grand prix and go to the Olympics if I stick I with dressage and stop eventing. My eventing trainer thinks I should do young riders for eventing and she loves teaching me too.... Both trainers think me and my horse will be a kick ass team but it seems like I could really be set if I do dressage but iffy if I do eventing. So my question is should I work hard at dressage and go for gold or should I stick with eventing were it feels I will never get anywhere. Im sooooo confused........... I just feel like im always nervous up to a jump but when I get on and do dressage I feel like I can take on the world. I just feel like if I was going to be a good eventing I would love jumping higher, going really fast and hot horses. I do like hot horse, and I like going fast in control, and I do like jumping but I always get a pit in my stomach before I do it and just thinking about it gets me nervous... IDK! What do you think? Why do you do dressage, jump, or event?
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        10-14-2010, 05:19 AM
    I love dressage. However, I don't mind popping over a few jumps too :)

    Reading your post, it seems like you have already made your mind up and would prefer to do dressage. If that is how you feel, then do it! Just because you focus on dressage, does not mean that you and your horse will never jump.
        10-14-2010, 06:46 PM
    It does sound like your gut is telling you dressage is the current path for you. Maybe you could split the difference by just doing to combined shows where you do a dressage test and a stadium round but no XC. That way no danger for your horse, but you still get to jump.

    Sorry you had to witness that accident. I doubt I'd be able to forget it either. I do know recent changes to eventing dictate that rider must perform consistently at a level before moving up now, so perhaps it will prevent more accidents.
        10-14-2010, 07:02 PM
    It is a decision you have to feel comfortable with.

    I started out as a jumper ( did 5 feet) but never really liked it and never felt I could get the co ordination down well enough so I switched. I have hardly ever jumped after and am happy with my decision. Would not change that decision even if I could go back.

    Try dressage for a set length of time and see how you feel at the end of that time is the only suggestion I can make for you.
        10-14-2010, 11:30 PM
    Green Broke
    Like others said, it seems like you want to do dressage. But that doesnt mean you can't jump!
    Me and my horse are going into juniors this year, and yesturday we were galloping around the arena bridless and bareback, playing tag with my friends. Lol.
    Just do dressage mainly, and when you feel like it, jump or do some xc, that's what I do, and in my opinion, it is better for the horse to do a few different things, just focusing on dressage all the time isnt to good for the horses mind, it can be very stressful for them (not to mention the rider ;) lol.
    So do both! :)

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