bad day... - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 12 Old 11-03-2010, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Tuscaloosa,AL
Posts: 218
• Horses: 1
Thanks, I really think it was just a bad day, I do feel that the first show was just a better performance for the horse and myself. The fall from 61.5 to 47 was a little difficult to grasp. I understand the problems, but it's just the thought of it. =)
ArabianAllie is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 12 Old 11-03-2010, 06:53 PM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 8,175
• Horses: 3
As has been said, don't worry too much about your percentages, particularly at the moment. Schooling shows have a tendency to get the judges who will be extremely lenient, and often will throw in extra marks for 'giving it a go' rather than judging what is in front of him.
When I was 10 years old and doing pony club, I frequently scored anywhere between 70-90% in tests. Thought I was the bees knees until I went official and scored 45% with a real judge :P

Get your tests filmed, and instead of thinking about the percentages, read the judges comments and go by what YOU thought of your test. Don't say 'it was perfect and the judges were wrong', pick your test apart and learn from your mistakes. Go home and work on those mistakes, and the next time you compete and you ace any one of those 'difficult' movements, put a feather in your cap because you have just improved :)

And hey, we ALL have bad days! I've certainly had my fair share, state championships last year, I rode a RIPPER of a test, was absolutely thrilled with it, got to A to turn back down the CL, my horse decided she'd had enough, jumped sideways out of the arena and we were eliminated! I checked my scores against the placings, and I had done a better test than some of the top horse/rider combinations in the state! But hey, I can look back and say oh well, just because I didn't place that doesn't matter, I rode a really good test!
Then only last weekend, I rode a new horse in just a couple of novice tests, first test was ok, she's quite a strong mare and takes a lot of core strength to keep her forward, connected but not pulling. Second test she had had enough, picked up canter and tanked off at a million miles an hour. I had zero breaks and all I could do was 'haul' her around in the general direction of the test. She was so tense that she threw in 5 flying changes through the shallow loops and lengthens across the diagonal.
I walked out of the arena laughing about it! Just something to work on!! And hey, I ended up picking myself up another ride as the owner was watching me ride and was impressed with how I dealt with it.
So 'bad' rides are not all bad :)
Kayty is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome