On the way to Rolex… chilling at BWI before our flight. ^_^
Think I might do some jumping this weekend. Nothing big, some cross rails or something. Keep the horse happy.
Do you try to ‘cross train’ like this often? I think it’s great! I’m just in the eventing world so I’m interested to hear if pure dressage riders often pop over a few fences just for fun/something different. :)
I’m just starting to do some more fun with Callie since we had that incident when I fell off so I’ve been a little scared, but so far we are doing some trails, lunging, long lining, cavaletti/poles and this weekend is the first time I will try to jump, she has done it before though!
Anyway, I’ve always done lots of different things with my previous horses! My YR horse Benjamin did lots of trails and stamina work (canter in loose snow is THE BEST) and I jumped him up to 4 ft, he was a multi talent and it was fun. I think they are happier when they get to do different things. I know there’s lots of dressage riders who don’t dare to/want to though, too bad I think!
Long lining would be awesome! That’s always something I’ve wanted to try but I definitely need someone who knows what they’re doing before I do haha, and preferably a horse that knows what they’re doing as well. ;)
I definitely agree, I don’t know many pure dressage riders so it’s interesting to get a perspective. :)
Pure dressage rider here (as far as showing wise) and I do everything on my dressage horse from trails to hunter paces to swimming him in lakes to jumping. The last two times I have ridden I cooled him down by jumping, in fact. And he loves pole work and jumping and popping over little cross country stuff. I am really thinking about setting up grids this weekend and actually pulling out a jumping saddle for the first time in forver (I just jack my dressage stirrups up in my dressage saddle and pop him over small stuff normally!) :D
That’s awesome! I suppose I sort of get stuck in the idea of dressage riders only doing dressage and hacks and like working dressage movements out of the ring (because I know that a lot of them don’t just do stuff in the arena). It’s great to be proved wrong!