Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Dressage - lots of it. Doesn't mean you have to be gung-ho about it, but be aware that the fundamentals of dressage is the building blocks to having a well rounded, healthy, succesful jumper.
GP level horses, know minimally level 3 dressage. Majority of GP jumpers spend 5/6 days a week doing flat work, and jump once a week.
We want light, soft, supple, rhytmic, balanced, engaged, strait horses - so that we can jump with success.
Minimally Training Level Movements.
I would recommend picking up this months Practicle Horseman Magazine - George Morris put on a huge Horsemanship Clinic and during that clinic he emphasised how important Dressage is for Jumpers. He had an Olymic Level Dressage Competator come in and give lessons to the riders.
It is titled Dressage For Jumpers.
Good read :)
All the best :)