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    08-21-2014, 06:35 AM
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Hattie the Haflinger has a go at a Novice test.

And we came 2nd with 70.96% (Novice 24, class of 13) First time trying Novice level.

And we got a 5th in Prelim 7 with 69.5% (class of 27).

Here is the video of the Novice 24.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPnm...ature=youtu.be

Lots of positive comments from the judge but we need to work on transitions and our halt!
     
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    08-21-2014, 06:36 AM
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Photos

I got the disk of professional photos today (nearly 300) from the dressage on Sunday, here are a few of my favourites :)
Prelim




Novice




     
    08-21-2014, 12:02 PM
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Feel free to comment on my riding, I would be particularly interested on way to improve the halt which was poor in the Novice test
     
    08-21-2014, 03:55 PM
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Well done Hattie - nothing to do with all the work you've put in at all!!!!
She has such a stride in her doesn't she
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    08-21-2014, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
Well done Hattie - nothing to do with all the work you've put in at all!!!!
She has such a stride in her doesn't she
Thank you

The judge commented on her lovely hock action

My RI wants us to go affiliated, but I've looked at the costs and I just can't justify them, but I am now determined to get her out more and on to more demanding tests eventually.
     
    08-21-2014, 04:06 PM
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Probably worth looking at affiliated later on along the way - its the same thing with jumping and eventing - the cost is a real negative
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    08-22-2014, 02:06 AM
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I love that you have a nice, smiley face in all of these photos. My face looks like I am constipated when I am riding and concentrating hard.LOL. Hattie is lovely and you guys make a great pair!
     
    08-22-2014, 10:15 AM
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Love all of Hattie's adventures.

Not sure if it was the camera angle, but the ring you were in looked really tiny, for some of the direction changes it looked like you ran out of room and rushed through some of the turns as you ran out of space. But again, could just be where the camera was.

Agree with the comment about the big smile on your face. I noticed recently when looking at sale ads that a smiling rider made me so much more interested in the horse.
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    08-22-2014, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by egrogan    
Love all of Hattie's adventures.

Not sure if it was the camera angle, but the ring you were in looked really tiny, for some of the direction changes it looked like you ran out of room and rushed through some of the turns as you ran out of space. But again, could just be where the camera was.

Agree with the comment about the big smile on your face. I noticed recently when looking at sale ads that a smiling rider made me so much more interested in the horse.
Thank you

The ring I think was 20 x 40 so it should have been standard size. The photographer was in the corner which was an unusual placement I thought. I think maybe I just lacked some balance on the corners and so they were a bit rushed...something for us to work on
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    08-22-2014, 02:38 PM
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This is so awesome! I just love the Haflingers, beautiful horses.
As for the stopping, I think the best way to get a good stop is to just practice a lot. Also, make it as gentle as possible. When you're schooling, go on a straight line (at the walk at first) and go through these steps:
Say "whoa," or halt command at choice, nothing else, just the vocal command.
If that doesn't work, sit back. Just sit back.
If that doesn't work, LIGHT rein contact.
If that doesn't work, progressively more rein contact until you get a halt. Then release your reins and big big pets.
Keep going through this process until all you have to do is say the word. Do it at all gaits. Make sure your horse isn't on his forehand, as that will make a good halt difficult. That is what I did with my OTTB, and he comes to a complete stop at all gaits just from a strong, enunciated "woah."
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