Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I've said it in other posts, and even in this one -
If GP Jumpers school Dressage DAILY and jump only once a week - there is obviously strong theory behind this.
I find it funny how people at low levels try to mimic upper level riders.
"Ohhh, he's in a GP, so I must get one too!"
"Oooh he's in the jointed irons, I have to get them too!"
"OH he's in a running martingale, that makes it ok or me to be in one too!"
Etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc
But they just don't stop and look at the time and effort that these riders/training put into their horses daily - dressage. For any rider to be successful at the sport they do, they have to put the trainng in thier horses first and foremost.
No one stops and looks at the training put into those horses.
All they see is jumping - jumping, jumping, jumping. So that is all that they want to do - mimic. It makes me so frustrated and I want to scream and pull out my hair whenever I see coaches at lower levels, not implementing the fundamentals with their students, so that they can be successfull when jumping!!!!
ARGH!!! Many coaches of today, just want to keep their student count up and wil give them what they want so that they can keep their money flow coming in. So - they don't do the importancies on the flat and teach how important dresage is....they just allow them to go over fences, just to keep them happy.
I hate it, hate it, hate it, hate it!
Any coach, who does not teach how important dressage is first, who does not impliment strong basics in dressage - is not worth my time, my money, my effort.
So to those who wanna copy upper level riders - try to start copying their training first.