03-02-2013, 09:38 AM
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What speed are you most comfortable with right now? That is the main question....if your comfortable at a high lope, take it to that next step. Probably a hand gallop....sorta like a high lope but your horse is extending and going a little faster, but not full out.
You just have to get to a speed, then slowly work at a little bit faster one and then stay there till your 110% confident and comfortable. Then do the same thing, find another gear your ready for and work at that one.
Not everybody is comfortable with going fast and you just have to learn to trust your horse. The TRUST aspect is a HUGE factor in the arena....if you can't trust your horse IN the arena you can't really expect him to do the same in a sense, because he is going to mirror you and judge your every move.
You also can't expect him to perform his best when your having doubts....you just gotta get with him and be a team. Because that is what you and your horse should be, a team. If you aren't trusting your horse and worried, you've already ran your race before you even ran.
So get comfortable, and go enter. And you have to realize your not going to be at the top JUST yet. You have to work your way up....when both of you and your horse get in a groove and are working as a team. THAT is when you will shine....