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        10-29-2011, 12:29 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    What program do you have?
    I use an eventing game ( equestriad 2001 ), instead of running through their pattern for dressage, I just ignore it and run through my own, with the option of replaying and seeing the test from different angles (including the rider's view). I love this, as they have different movements and more advanced gaits - like extend, collect, etc. The only issues I have is that there is no leg yield ( that I can recall ) but I usually substitute a different movement for it.

    You can also get an app on iphone that lets you run through tests, but ( being the cheapy that I am ) I only use the free version, and have to create a test each time instead of saving a number of them. This is just a simple arena diagram w/ different color lines for the movements, but it's good for on the go.
         
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        10-29-2011, 12:40 PM
      #12
    Trained
    LOL, a good reason to buy an iphone, *sigh* goes to check if Blackberry has such an app
         
        10-29-2011, 12:40 PM
      #13
    Showing
    I agree with MIE that it also can be distracting (although I just try to lock my mind (and ears) at the show). I also had people bugging me just before the test if I have a test book they can read. Nope, I don't - it's in my head.

    The eventing trainer I know in person showing different horses for her clients (I've seen her name 4 - 5 times on schedule list) basically reads patterns between the tests.

    It's my first year showing BTW (and I did ride 2 tests at the show, and do ride 2-3 tests in my own ring on both of my horses ). Yes, nerves kick in - no question on that, but I still think using own memory is a better way to go.

    BTW, I didn't know readers are not allowed for eventers! And I have to say not too many people showing dressage levels used readers at those shows I went to. I'd say reader was more of an exception than the rule.
         
        10-29-2011, 12:42 PM
      #14
    Showing
    Do they have similar app for androids or just iPhone? IPhone is out of question for me - way way too expensive (I better get one more saddle for the price! ).
         
        10-29-2011, 03:03 PM
      #15
    Banned
    A experienced reader (almost professional) can be a riders biggest asset, a poor one their biggest liability.

    I have always used one when allowed so I guess I was never prepared or never put the effort into the test...oh well.
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        10-29-2011, 03:11 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    I don't see anything wrong with using a reader and I have never thought that someone was unprepared for using one.

    When I'm at shows I make sure I've memorized the test. I can do it on foot, on my horse, draw it on paper and even call it out. But, if there's someone around who can read, I'll ask. Often times I don't really even listen to the reader but I find that it calms my nerves a bit to know that if I do actually forget where I'm supposed to go next, I have back up.
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        10-29-2011, 05:30 PM
      #17
    Trained
    I find it more stressful to use a reader than not - though there's not too many really good readers where I am. The few occasions when I have used one - spur of the moment competitions due to scratchings - I have become more muddled in my tests than if I didn't use one. I found myself straining to hear the next thing the reader would say and so I wasn't riding the horse, I was just riding the test.

    And yes, I've ridden up for 5 tests in a day, and still prefer not the have a reader. I'll just bring a 'minion' out with me to carry everything and give them my test book to flick through before I go into the arena.
         
        10-29-2011, 07:05 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    I find it more stressful to use a reader than not - though there's not too many really good readers where I am. The few occasions when I have used one - spur of the moment competitions due to scratchings - I have become more muddled in my tests than if I didn't use one. I found myself straining to hear the next thing the reader would say and so I wasn't riding the horse, I was just riding the test.

    And yes, I've ridden up for 5 tests in a day, and still prefer not the have a reader. I'll just bring a 'minion' out with me to carry everything and give them my test book to flick through before I go into the arena.

    I understand how you feel with quite readers.

    I've been lucky enough that my mom is always willing to read my tests for me (as long as she isn't showing as well) because she helps me school at home . Therefore, she knows when I like the next movement to be read and how long it usually takes us to complete a movement. Also, she's only read a million and one tests and knows how to speak clearly and loud.
         
        10-29-2011, 07:12 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    If I'm not mistaken, readers are allowed until FEI levels here in the US. That means that riders who are showing half pirouettes at the canter can use a reader, and do. If having readers lead to more lazy, apathetic riders who can't memorize their tests, then why would they be allowed at ANY recognized show, let alone level 4?

    Doesnt that mean that perhaps there is something more to it?
         
        10-29-2011, 07:46 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    I'm preparing for my first test hopefully this coming spring, and have gone back and forth on whether or not I'd use a reader, but think they may actually make me more nervous...I don't see anything wrong with using them though if it helps to calm the nerves.

    What iphone app has the tests?? I'd love to download it to my ipad!!
         

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