doing and what your horse is doing.
It’s also a change of pace for your
horse. Practicing the same exercises
over and over can bore or even frustrate your horse.
Jen Robertson grew up showing
Arabians in a multitude of different events and now rides and trains
hunter/jumpers with her husband,
but she still enjoys a trip outside of
the jumping arena with their horses.
“We are probably very unorthodox when it comes to training,
because on Tuesday our horses go
trail riding, on Wednesday they are
dressage horses, and on Thursday we
are popping around the field over
jumps,” she says.
“I think riding in another discipline helps teach you better bal-
ance and position,” says Katy Ross, currently a hunter/jumper
rider who also competed in western grew up competing in
western events like pleasure, reining and cutting. “You become
more aware of how you have to sit and hold yourself when
regularly changing disciplines.”
Megan Stout is an eventer-turned-reiner-turned-foxhunter-
back-to-eventer, and she agrees with Katy about increasing awareness in your
body position in the saddle when it comes to switching disciplines.
“I’ve learned how to use my legs differently,” she explains. “In reining you use
your leg and seat, while in the English disciplines you use seat to hand. It teaches
you to use your body in a different way to help you get what you want out of
your horses; it doesn’t matter what kind of saddle you’re sitting in.”
Frame of Mind
The change in disciplines is also good for your mental strength. Instead of letting
your mind get stagnant doing the same things over and over, when you’re experiencing a new sport, you’re engaging your brain to think about what your body is
help every rider