I took a little visit to jumper land...
This was my second jumping lesson in almost 4 years and probably Rowan's 10th time over fences.
Pretty good for a dressage rider?? :P
TEHEHEHEHE he is too adorable- that canter looks divine..... and when he landed on the wrong lead and changed like "sorry mum, my bad" i love him!!!!
you guys look great considering the amount of work, try a bit more impulsion tho, he looked like he just loped in and over it... to me he looks like the kind of horse that has to be pushed into and over a fence, not that thats a bad thing, christ, i'd prefer it over a horse that drags you over....
what level dressage is he working atm?
sorry for all the q's i just really love him! hahaha your one lucky girl
That was our impulsive canter lol! He can get really strong to the fences (last week he was bouncing two one strides in a row) so we tried to back him off last week. He was really taking me to the base of the fence here. Don't let the tempo fool you - that arena is almost 250ft long. He did about 200ft of it in 16 strides, that's just over a 12 foot stride.
I will also admit that I don't have a lot of leg! I'm used to having more surface area of my leg on the horse so with just my calf there I don't have a lot of power.
He's doing third level dressage and that fence is 2'0 or 60cm.
Anabel - I have to say
THAT IS HOW A JUMPER IS SUPPOSED TO LOOK!!!
Oh my gosh, I want to pull my hair out when I watch people ride today, riders who have 0 - little amount of Dressage under their belts, and they think they look good and are doing good.
It is very refreshing to see a horse jump, how they are supposed to do the job. Light, rounded, soft, on their hind ends, soft and smooth.
Why, WHY can't people see how important dressage is, to be successful at jumping? For the horses sake!
I go to my barn that is a Hunter/Jumper barn, very large and very involved with the LMHJA, and not 1 horse looks like that - because - they don't do dressage.
All they do, is get on, do some "flatwork" incorrectly *horses never lift backs, round, soften, track up and riders have no clue how to use their bodies because all they do is ride on their crotches with upper bodies forward* and then jump, jump, jump and ..oh yeah, that's right - jump some more.
They ride with gadgets on, German Martingales, Standing Martingales and blah blah blah.
I would LOVE the Eventers and Jumpers on this forum - to watch this video and learn!
You both look fabulous, and you are living proof of how important dressage is for jumping. Afterall - jumping is dressage with speed bumps.
If GP Jumpers spend 5-6 days a week doing dressage because of this very reason - then so should we!
With the thread title I was like "Uh oh!" but NO! You two look good! :)
I'm jealous. Your horse looks very forward, very smooth and like a very nice ride. And you have better position than me over jumps and I'm a trained hunter/jumper rider! So yeah, I'm jealous.
I might have to follow MIE and take more dressage lessons now... :D
Nice! I agree with gogirl46: he looks like a lovely ride.
Rowan has a beautiful canter! Goodness gracious.
You guys look amazing, your horse is absolutely stunning with a canter to die for. :] :] I lovelovelove how expressive his canter is...Robbie should take some notes haha.
For A dressage rider thats good if the flat work is good with the horse then jumping comes easy to them!
Jessica Kurtèn took a whole year out to practice flateork and never even touched an xpole! in a year and then went out and won the world cup!
you cant have a good jumper without having a good dressage horse first!
Thank you Anabel for showing all how important dressage is to jumping!! You guys look great. Relaxed horse, nice even flowing tempo, didn't overjump. You guys would clean up at a show!
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