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    06-25-2009, 01:14 PM
  #61
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by jody111    
Im not going to add anything as its been said already but wanted to say too things

I love your horse - she's gorgoues - colour is neat :) and you guys look like a great team

And well done on your dressage - that's fantastic.... don't worry too much re the fall in xcountry just try and learn from it - which you obviously are....


So whens your next event
Thank you!! Our next show is this weekend, Sun the 28th. I am bound and determined to NOT FALL OFF! Lol
     
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    06-25-2009, 05:31 PM
  #62
Green Broke
Oh exiting! Tell us how it goes, now I'm going to try to figure out how to get my feet caught in the sturrips so I can pull a Karren at my next show!
     
    06-27-2009, 12:10 PM
  #63
Trained
HITS, I am "quote" challenged, so I didn't cut and paste your response about trotting to the fences. When I mentioned marching her up to the fences, I'm not talking about speeding up. I didn't realize she's speedy. You're definitely doing the right thing by slowing her down. What I mean by marching is simply to get her there in a more connected and determined fashion. I'm not sure how much you've worked on half halts yet, but that's basically where I'm going with this. A little experiment you might want to try in the ring is, let her pick up her fast trot and then slow down your posting without changing anything else. Some horses will adjust their pace to match their rider. If she responds to that, then she's probably pretty in tune to your seat and I'd highly suggest working on some half halts to create a more adjustable stride. Right now you guys are like chocolate and peanut butter. She wants to speed up and you want to slow down. Put the two together and you can get your slower tempo and still create a larger trot from her without the added speed. Sorry if I rambled. It's a little difficult to explain. Basically all boils down to 1st level dressage stuff.
     
    06-27-2009, 10:29 PM
  #64
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
HITS, I am "quote" challenged, so I didn't cut and paste your response about trotting to the fences. When I mentioned marching her up to the fences, I'm not talking about speeding up. I didn't realize she's speedy. You're definitely doing the right thing by slowing her down. What I mean by marching is simply to get her there in a more connected and determined fashion. I'm not sure how much you've worked on half halts yet, but that's basically where I'm going with this. A little experiment you might want to try in the ring is, let her pick up her fast trot and then slow down your posting without changing anything else. Some horses will adjust their pace to match their rider. If she responds to that, then she's probably pretty in tune to your seat and I'd highly suggest working on some half halts to create a more adjustable stride. Right now you guys are like chocolate and peanut butter. She wants to speed up and you want to slow down. Put the two together and you can get your slower tempo and still create a larger trot from her without the added speed. Sorry if I rambled. It's a little difficult to explain. Basically all boils down to 1st level dressage stuff.
That makes a lot of sense (and love the chocolate and peanut butter reference haha!)

My trainer has us use half halts a lot, to try to slow her down. Sometimes she just gets nervous and doesn't listen, she's still very new to all this. I've learned lately that while me getting nervous makes her worse, she does make herself nervous a lot without me being the least bit nervous! She doesn't do it in the arena much anymore, because she's finally used to it, but it comes out a lot in cross country because it's so new to her.

But we went to school my x-c course today for my show tomorrow, and she refused a few of the jumps. I made her go over them at the point of refusal (no stepping back or turning around) and eventually she got over it and went right over. 2 things I have been really working on with my trainer since last week...we've basically stopped worrying so much about form over the fences, because that will come with time. Instead, we've been focusing on me staying back longer (because I jump ahead and then when she refuses end up on her neck!) and squeezing very tightly with my legs.

I'm very happy to report that although today she refused numerous times, I didn't come out of my seat! Now, I may have been "left behind" slightly on a couple she then decided to jump big, but at least I wouldn't be eliminated in a show, they don't really care how you look over the fence in eventing, just that you get over it and don't end up eating dirt So here's to hoping that we'll have a "no fall" experience tomorrow morning!!
     
    06-28-2009, 07:39 PM
  #65
Green Broke
Ok folks, I'm going to have to retire this thread and start a new one lol...buuuuut just wanted to let all of those following it know that at the show today not only did I not fall off but....

Sandie and I took FIRST PLACE!!!!!!! :-D



Thanks for all the great advice...between you all here and my trainer, I know that's what got us there and I really just want to say thanks! I'm SO proud of my little girl and how far she has come, and just really excited we have our first blue ribbon!
     
    06-28-2009, 10:30 PM
  #66
Weanling
CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm so glad you learned something and I'm sure you have complete confidence for next time!
     
    07-26-2009, 10:07 AM
  #67
Foal
I sometimes scribe for judges and they look for nice forward movement pushing the hindquarters out on your circles , use your corners and watch were you do your transitions make sure they're when your at the letter :) good luck!!!
     
    07-27-2009, 03:03 AM
  #68
Foal
Smile!!! Have fun, use the corners and overall appetsnce is very important!! Relax and just think that your just riding for the fun off it!
     
    08-05-2009, 11:35 PM
  #69
Foal
Eventerdrew covered pretty much everything for your test. Just remember to keep consistent with your rythm as that is mostly what the judge looks for in that test as well as corners. Also, make sure your relaxed for your free rein, keeping quiet with your legs and reins throughout with your reins forward, that will help. Don't forget to let us all know how you did..Good luck
     
    08-06-2009, 04:42 PM
  #70
Green Broke
Uhhhh, sorry to burst your buble, but this was for like May...
     

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