Thank you for sharing all your experiences and your positivity! It really means a great deal to me
[QUOTE=Trevelyan96;7666035]Maybe you should have this conversation with your trainer. Explain to her that you’re just not having fun and would like to dial back on the pressure. It’s possible that, having brought you up to the 3’ jumpers, she’s now confused about where/how you got off track and thinks you want to be pushed harder.
My trainer is very competitive on the local h/j circuit, but once I explained to her that I just want to do low level dressage and trail riding, and am really only motivated by a desire to keep my horse rideable, she’s adjusted our lesson focus and we’re really having fun.
By all means try other disciplines - it might make your horse happy as well. Try doing western, then pop him over a few jumps once a week, and I’ll bet you’ll both start having fun again.[/QUOTE]
I’m afraid my coach really isn’t like that. My last lesson with her, I was really only confident in doing canter poles since my horse was being quite fussy and pulling and jumping only makes it worse with him. Well she decided to focus on the only other girl in my lesson, and spoke to me twice during the entire 45 minutes she was supposed to be teaching BOTH of us. And trying to explain why I was having these issues only got me a “well get over yourself”. So, if I do want to do anything else other than competing in jumpers I either do dressage with the other coach or nothing at all until I can leave in September.
[QUOTE=FineAlready;7666432]I recently switched from hunters to dressage. I’ve been SUPER happy with the change, and so has my horse. It started out with me taking a few dressage lessons with an excellent dressage trainer “to improve my flatwork for jumping,” and before I knew it I was way more interested in doing dressage than I was in jumping. For a while, I kept up with jumping casually, but I realized I was just kind of forcing myself to do it because I felt like I “should” jump him on any given day.
Jumping just kind of lost its appeal for me when I realized how intricate dressage really is. If you are receiving good instruction, dressage is ANYTHING but boring for both horse and rider - really! My horse is great to jump, very honest, and super fun…I could see myself jumping him again someday for fun maybe. But I don’t think I will ever compete a hunter or jumper again. I just really, really hate that whole h/j show scene now and have no desire to go back.
Maybe give dressage a shot, work on improving your flatwork through dressage, and then pick up jumping again if/when you feel like it.[/QUOTE]
I have been considering dressage for a little bit, but I would have to wait until my current lease goes back to his owner because he has no patience for anything past training level work