I can not tell you how many students I have "fixed" that had holes in their training and had ridden for a long time, yet lacked balance, the fundamentals of centered riding, and were gripping with knees and legs and clenching and not riding with an independent hand, rather than balancing and moving with their horses. The difference is tremendous, and riding from back to front rather than front to back makes a HUGE difference.
Centered Riding, then Dressage is a wonderful foundation for all disciplines imo. Find a trainer that can get you centered and balanced and moving with your horse so that things like riding in two point for an extended amount of time is not hard, it's relaxing b/c you don't need to use your muscles to stay on, you use your balance to move with the horse b/c their and your center of gravity is aligned.
I whole heartedly agree 100%. Great post.
There are FAR TOO MANY people out there who feel they have the right to stick the "coach/trainer" lable on their shirt collar, when in reality, they are only adding to the strife of uneducated riders.
Uneducated teaching the Uneducated.
GM Beefs about this quite often in his columns in Practicle Horseman. I wholeheartedly agree with him - he is sickened at where the lack of quallity in the education of our younger riders today.
You see it in pictures and vids whenever people post them on forums like this. You see it at horse shows all the time - unfunctional riding, unfunctional form over fences.
For some reason - people seem to think "I JUMP, THEREFORE I AM" but it isn't.
You hear people bragging "I just 3'0" and I've only been riding 2 months"
I pitty that person.......lack of education. It isn't the height of the fence that counts, it is the quallity of the fence that counts!
Coaches want the $$, so they allow their students to jump -
Parents aren't involved, have no idea what is going on or concept of how important it is to have their children learn the importancies of basics -
It seems to be a competition or bragging right amongst these riders.
GM would far wrather see a rider going over an X rail with solid functional form, way before he saw someone going over a 3'0" verticle with horrendious, unfunctional form.
And I agree.
Too many are being put over fences, far before they should be.
I am very picky on who coaches me! This is MY money. MY horse. MY time. MY effort. MY riding career. I deserve nothing less.
Too many Uneducated Coaches, turning out Uneducated riders.
What a shame......