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post #11 of 16 Old 03-31-2010, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with you jhorse. I am not actually too focused on showing it's more that sometimes I feel that at this point we should be more consistent with our basics. I do take it slow and want to develop a solid foundation though.

And I am always having fun when I ride, guess that's most important...

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post #12 of 16 Old 03-31-2010, 10:45 PM
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Hope my post didn't sound like I was in it to rush through with the ultimate goal just a ribbon. Definitely wasn't the intention at all. Taking it easy with my boy, just playing and seeing what he'll offer. So far he's picked everything I've thrown at him very easy and taken to it like a duck to water, which has given me the opportunity to move a little faster than I would should the horse have been like my last ottb who was very much one step forward, three steps back.

Whenever I hit a speed bump with a horse, straight away I go back to total basics, just getting that forward established and build up from there to re-install their confidence. I most certainly will NOT be pushing him beyond what he is capable of to simply get to a competition. I'm not a hugely competitive rider either, I'm in it for the fun and to do that absolute best that I can :)
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post #13 of 16 Old 04-01-2010, 02:01 PM
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According to the FEI a 4 year old should be schooling first level, a 5 year old should be confirmed in second level, at 6 they should be doing third and by 7 in the St. George. This is the ideal and what should be strived for with a talented horse and a good rider/coach team.
Wow, this sounds pretty fast. I know horses do mature diffierently, but I'd think serious collection would wait until around 6 at least. The horse's bones (in the neck?) are still fusing, I believe, until around 7.
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post #14 of 16 Old 04-01-2010, 02:42 PM
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Wow, this sounds pretty fast. I know horses do mature diffierently, but I'd think serious collection would wait until around 6 at least. The horse's bones (in the neck?) are still fusing, I believe, until around 7.
The way the FEI young horse tests are structured, there is not a ton of emphasis placed on having a high degree of collection, it is more about does the horse have the ability and natural aptitude to sit. The tests are intended for horses of the highest quality for dressage who don't necessarily find the work particularly difficult because of how they are built.

Also - collection has nothing to do with cranking the neck around. The neck naturally lifts from the base and comes "higher" as the haunches lower and gain more power to propel the horse. So - the only reason we would be worried about the neck is if we had the horse crammed into a degouge or draw reins.
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post #15 of 16 Old 04-14-2010, 06:58 PM
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will my horse is 15 and his back in schooling shows. So I think I does not mater
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post #16 of 16 Old 04-15-2010, 08:21 AM
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My horse is nine and schooling 2nd/showing 1st. He's a talented boy, but spent the last couple of years in a field and raced until he was 5. He's also shown Novice eventing and will do so again this year - I'd love to somehow qualify for the Novice long-format at GMHA. :)
As someone said, dressage is really all relative. It's about progress, so as long as you and your horse are making (correct) progress and having fun, that's all that matters!

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