How many of you cross train with your dressage horse??
I feel like their is far to many just dressage horses, horses that are schooled in the arena day in and day out, with no change in work scenery etc. There are also far to many unfit dressage horse out there, that lead to far to many injuroes.
I was lucky enough to work for a guy, who did lots of gallop and fitness work with hid horses. Even the Grand prix horses, got a 45minute trot and gallop hill work eack week, and a further short hack out with hill work a couple time a week as warm up for work. These horse were so fit!
I recently came across this
REEM ACRA FEI WORLD CUP™ DRESSAGE 2010/2011 - ROUND 10
's-Hertogenbosch (NED), 26 March 2011
The Netherlands' Adelinde Cornelissen and Jerich Parzival secured their fifth win in the Western European League of the 2010/2011 Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ Dressage series at the tenth and final qualifying round in 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands today.
"Yesterday Parzival was so relaxed and today he felt really good again" said Cornelissen who, remarkably, has claimed the honours at half of the 10 Western European qualifying rounds this season. She believes her horse's confidence has been reinforced by his training routine which includes doing a lot of things that other dressage horses may never get to do. "He goes out in the field, I take him for rides in the woods and we go cantering on a racetrack quite a lot - that's what makes him happy. In training its about controlling him all the time, but its great to just go out and have fun together too - its all been about building up trust and he's learned to really enjoy himself now" she explained. And she added, "that's why I don't take him into the prize-giving anymore - I don't want to lose that trust because it really worries him".
so how many of you do other work with your dressage horses? I know my own mare gets hacked out on the farm, galloped and occasionaly jumped, and it always makes her fresher and happier in he dressage work.
what about you, what do you and your horse do??