Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Studdies show that when our horses land off of a fence, their joints absorb alot of shock that occurs when the hooves hit the ground and the horses body weight compacts down onto the front legs.
These studdies show that this shock wears and tears on our horses joints, ligaments and tendons and the impaction of the 1100lb animal on those ankles, knees, shoulders.
That being said, many Grand Prix Riders/Trainers/Competators only jump about once a week, if maybe 2. Many, don't even jump until the warm up ring at the comp itself because they want to preserve their horses legs.
What is it that they primarily focus on? Dressage. Dressage builds the muscles, dressage builds the stamina and dressage is the fundamentals for all aspects of the equestrian discipline. It makes them that much better, for when they do jump.
Believe it or not, those who are at the lower levels, really over jump their horses - funny how those at lower levels try to mimik those of upper levels in any way that they can, but fail short in the training aspect,
As big named competators, such as Ian Millar, Erik Lamaze, Rodrigo Pessoa and more say
"A horse only has so much jump"
I jump once a week.
Last edited by MIEventer; 04-12-2010 at 10:25 PM.