Thanks everyone for the advice.
MIEventer. I am not competing now - have in the past, and do work with an event trainer to pass them onto when they are ready. There are no event trainers in my area however, so even when the time comes she can not get weekly cross country lessons from anyone. My job is to teach Dressage, and Jumping, recommend good clinicians etc - She isn't ready to go over a cross rail yet, let alone look at a cross country course. I feel that the rider needs to be doing stadium courses well before they can even think about cross country, and stadium I can ride and teach. A rider needs to be able to answer questions of a stadium course before questions on a CC course.
Incidently I lined up an unmounted education day with a current eventer for my dressage/CT students. This student left the session half way through because they had "read it all and it was just review".
I just wanted to clarify that I know my limitations as a trainer. I have been out of the event world for a long time. But I do not feel that is making me too cautious with this student or holding her back. They are simply not ready to jump. If you fall off at the sitting trot you certainly do not have the balance or flexibility to jump.
I put this rider on my bee there done that school horse a while ago and let her trot over a crossrail (very low crossrail), he didn't jump it, just trotted over it with a little more susspension and she almost fell - that usually makes a student take a step back and realize their limitations. Not in this case. Just found out toninght that they attemtepted to jump their horse (who has never jumped) over a crossrail a couple of weeks ago. Should I really send this student to an eventing clinic yet?????????????? I am thinking NO.
Sorry, let me clarify myself - my appologies for not being more "clear". At an Eventing Clinic, the Clinitian never starts *well, shouldn't* out with CC fences..they always start with Stadium.
They watch the students who are riding with them, in each level they sign up for - to ensure that they are in the correct levels, and to ensure that they are prepared to venture to the CC course.
As Jim Wofford says - if you cannot ride a stadium fence properly, solidly and efficiantly, you have no business being out on the CC course.
And I agree whole heartedly -
I thought your student was a big more far along, than where she really is. I assumed she was doing xrails - but if she isn't....ah.........yeah.
I would definately focus alot more on dressage and lunge line work with no reins as already mentioned.
Dressage is sooooo important, if GP Jumpers spend up to 5 days a week doing only dressage, there's a big reason behind it. I think your student is suffering from delusions of grandure. :/ you're doing the best you can, and I applaud you for that.
Sounds like the student you have, is definately a "case". And I am proud to hear that you want to fill in this riders gaping holes in their education, before you allow them to progress forward.
They should be appreciative. I wish there were more coaches out there like you!