Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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I think he is stunning. I LOVE Dapply Grey's - always have had such a passion for them. One day I'll own my 17hh Dapple Grey TB :) :)
Anyways, I do agree with Anebel.
I would focus allot more on Dressage. You need to put allot of flat work time on him to give this horse what he deserves and needs.
Jumping isn't the be all and end all -
Think of it as building a house. You cannot have a strong house that can withstand and sustain without a strong foundation build under it.
You have to build the foundation first, then put the rest up around that one at a time
Same with our horses. Strong foundation first - dressage - then the rest comes after.
Afterall, we want what is best for our horses - not ourselves.
Your horse truely loves to please. And he is obviously trying hard. And it is clear he can jump - so why not take a few steps back and make him even that much more better?
I would, personally, if he were my horse - pull him from the Hunter/Jumper trainer who thinks jumping is all it's about - and take him to a barn where they focus allot of flatwork/dressage.
Even find a dressage trainer?
Grand Prix level horses, know minimally - level 3 dressage. Many GP Riders spend 5/6 days a week doing dressage *or as you hunters call it..flatwork* because it is the most important factor - to making a strong, healthy, well rounded, successful mount.
I would recommend you pick up this months Practicle Horseman Magazine and read the article titled DRESSAGE FOR JUMPERS.
George Morris put on a Horsemanship Clinic and during that clinic he had his students do a full day of dressage. Very informative and a good read.
All the best to you and your beautiful horse.