Originally Posted by jaydee
You will see that - but these horses rarely reach full potential or have erratic performance records and usually have a career that's full of soundness issues - especially back problems - that result in a lot of time off or shortened competitive life
I watched a top level class last year and it was easy to see which riders used basic dressage as a foundation and which didn't - they were the ones at the top of the winners list and performed fluidly and made it all look so easy. Beezie Madden was the only rider who had the forethought to bring her horse around at the first fence from a direction that put it on the right leg though - that's something a pony club member should be aware of because little things like that help keep the horse on a more balanced stride
Agreed. Go to a big show and watch the warm up ring. I guarantee all the top riders- Beezie Madden, McLain Ward, Ian Miller, etc etc aren't just bopping along around on the rail on a loose rein. In fact, I've spent quite a bit of time with Beezie and I can tell you her entire warm up/hacking routine for just about every horse: walk on a loose rein for at least 5-10 min, shorten and ride on contact for 5 min, trot with a little contact, collected trot, shoulder in, haunches in, collected canter, maybe some shoulder fore at the canter, maybe some counter canter, then she's either done or jumps. Her green horses, veteren horses, all get ridden the same way. Dressage dressage dressage. I don't agree with the phrase "Puissance is basically dressage" because I think their end goals are different but I do agree with the idea that you will never have a rideable, successful jumping horses without dressage.