Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Think of the stress and shock our horses joints take, whenever we jump.
Majority of GP jumpers, and top level Eventers, will jump their horses once a week. Reason being - is a horse has only so much jump in them before they start breaking down, so why waste it?
Allot of top level riders, will jump in the warm up ring, at a comp - and that's it.
I firmly believe in preperation, prevention, preservation.
I am a Low Level Eventer, and I never jump more than once a week. I know my horse can jump. I know I can jump - so why waste it on schooling at home, when I can put that towards a comp.
I see FAR too many jumping their horses, way to much in a week - and it saddens me, wholeheartedly. There is absolutely no need for it.
Riders should spend more time doing dressage and hacking. I train and prepare through lots of hacking. I do dressage/arena work once or twice a week and jump once.
I think more than once or twice a week, is too much.