That's like calling a Window Washer a Glass Technitian - when we all know what it really it.
Or a Gas Tenant a Fuel Technitian. Waitress a Server.
It is what it is. You can cover it up as much as you like - but flat work is dressage.
LOL - I laugh at those, who do "flat work", at how upset they get with me, when I tell them what they really are doing is basic level dressage.
|I also don't think they need so much "dressage" as they need basic flat work of working of the leg and being uphill, getting proper bend, control/pacing, and proper contact with the bit. Although that is basically what dressage is all about, I don't think that means a rider needs to do dressage to learn these things|
I always say, and have always said -
JUMPING is DRESSAGE with SPEED BUMPS.
Again, and I will stress - if GP level jumpers, spend 6 out of 7 days, doing dressage with their horses *or as those who are in denial....flat work* ...there is strong theory behind this.
Because it makes the horse that much better at their job at hand - regardless of what height you are doing.
Dressage is simply good basic riding and most people do not even recognize it as "dressage" until the more "interesting" or "exciting" movements become apparent. A turn in a corner taken in balance ( no shoulder dropping) IS dressage just not often referred to in that term. |
Most jumper riders simply call it flatting and for low level jumping fancy moves are not needed but a balanced horse is.
The problems will occur when serious jumping is considered. When the horse moves into the 3' to 3'6" height some ability to collect and extend will be required and it is here where the men from the boys are seperated. I have seen classes where a horse goes flying through a 2' 2'6" course almost out of control and if any degree of carefulness is expressed by the horse it will probably win, however that horse will fall flat on its face if it attempts to go flying through a 3'6" course. The horse will be flat and the needed arc to get over a bigger fence will be missing.
In a jump off while speed is important good judgement and a balanced horse is MORE important. You can't cut corners with speed and have the horse fall on its shoulders and expect to have your horse jump clean with only two strides out from the jump. So yes you can go fast but your turns will need to be bigger and you WILL lose time in that turn.
A perfect example is a show my boy was at. The class before his was at the 2'6" and the winning horse did the jump off in 32 seconds. My horse had an identical jump off course but at the 3'6" level and required a lot more care. My horse did the jump off in 30.5 seconds and actually went slower through the course.
He simple cut every corner available by skimming by jumps the other horse before him had to make a wide berth on. The only way he was able to stay in balance to jump the bigger jumps faster (while traveling slower) was because he could maintain his balance and collect when needed...and THAT is dressage or flatting.
I am disgusted at how many people show up at a Hunter/Jumper Show - compeating in the show ring, with their horses on the forehand, heavy on the front, flat, stiff, false frames - going around their courses not representing their sport to the best of their abillity.
I see it over and over and over - because riders are NOT BEING TAUGHT properly by their coaches.
Uneducated Coaches, turning out Uneducated Riders.
So the riders end up with holes in their education, and the horses end up with holes in their training. The only one who benefits, is the coach who gets the money in their pocket.