Join Date: May 2012
Location: Chicagoland area, IL
I'm a die hard Dressage/Event rider, but I like to stay well-rounded in all disciplines and change it up for my horse. I (usually) school dressage tests/movements probably 2 times a week, ride bareback & play around with friends 2 a week, ride out in our wooded xc pasture 1 a week, and usually give 1 day off. I usually only jump every other week because my horse is VERY confident over fences. No matter what I am doing, however, whether it be over fences, bareback, or up & down hill work, I ALWAYS work on keeping my horse round & using his hind end, just so he stays in the habit consistently, and keeps those muscles in the top line in shape!
I have never had a problem with trying different disciplines on the same horse. As long as you consistently apply techniques from your leading discipline so as not to confuse them with what you want, there shouldn't be a problem with changing it up! It's great for keeping them focused and interested in their job :)