Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
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I've never seen it - unless they are taught by an uneducated coach or are uneducated riders themselves.
Riders are to ride SEAT into LEGS into HANDS to SOFTEN. Everything comes from their seat. What your seat is doing, your horse mimics.
One slows their horse down by softening and slowing their seats down.
My Coach went A Circuit, and went GP Jumping. He schools under GM when he comes to Chicago, his students clean house in the A Circuit Hunter/Jumper world in Detroit and Chicago. He trains under a Prix Saint George Dressage Competator - and he teaches circles and bending through seat into legs at our lessons.
My other coach - from New York now living here running a large fascillity - A Circuit competator, another student under GM - trains the same way.
Olympic Riders I've Cliniced under -train the same way.
Circles, bending, serpentines between all the jumps. Slow, slow, slow - circles, bending - seat into legs into hands. Balance, back lifted, softened, supple, light, engaged - all through seat into legs into hands to soften - all done between the fences to slow a horse down - achieve this before the fence, you then get a smooth fence.
Back to the discussion of DRESSAGE FOR JUMPERS - very imperative to have under your training to have a well rounded, functional horse - and you being a well rounded, functional rider.
Strong theory behind it - proof is in the pudding.
Stopping DOES NOT fix a horse that is heavy and strong. CORRECT RIDING via seat DOES.
Training Scale as many Top Level Riders preach about -
Rhythm, Looseness, Contact, Impulsion, Straightness, Collection.
If you don't have that - you don't have a good fence.
Last edited by MIEventer; 04-23-2009 at 03:13 PM.