Originally Posted by MIEventer
Your horse should always be light on their forehand, on their hind end and up into your aids.
Jumping is dressage with speed bumps.
MIEventer, I completely agree, and so does my coach- he is ALWAYS telling me that, and people now keep asking me whether my showjumper is a dressage horse when we compete =P
VanillaBean, you horse doesnt HAVE to be round, you won't get eliminated- but it makes things so much easier (for you and especially your horse) if your horse is round. Take it from the person whose horse used to ALWAYS be on his forehand- trust me, it went horribly wrong. I spent a year doing flatwork with him, teaching him how to use his hind before I could do a decent showjumping course with him. If your horse is round, it can jump fences if the stride doesn't quite work out right. If he's not round, nah-ahh, you've got an issue if the stride doesnt work out. Keeping them round also sets them up for higher classes, in which, unless they're Pegasus and have wings, they'll have to be round.