Originally Posted by Spyder
Here is an exercise I have used for my people that I have taught that want to include jumping but get that tense feeling when they simply jump one jump then another.
Just ride as if you are doing flatwork/dressage. Bend the horse go in circles, leg yield and do not think of jumping and IF you have worked your way near a jump just go over it. Then go back to sitting and trotting left and right, whatever and add a canter and pop over another jump.
The key here is to not just start a canter make a turn and canter up to a jump like you planned on jumping 20 strides beforehand.
Exactly and well said.
I just took my first lesson yesterday with a GP Jumper in my area from Russia, and he stressed that 80% of Jumping is DRESSAGE and went on to say that the majority of Upper Level Jumpers, can walk into a Dressage Ring and competantly compete at 4th level and do well because of how much Dressage GP Jumpers do. Without it, you cannot jump well.
He explained to my little buddy, who is stuck on the wall all the time, telling him he needs to get off of the wall and use the area. Work on dressage, doing extentions and collections, transitions, working on rhythm, half passes, diagonal work, softening, suppling, circles, bending - and when you get near a fence, jump it, then go back to what you were doing.
I love that, and that's what I am going to do as well! Instead of saying "Ok, I am going to jump today" and get myself nervous and worked up because I know what is coming up - I am now going to follow this advice and incorporate the two together at the same time, instead of doing each seperately.
Thank you for your post!