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    06-07-2012, 02:26 AM
Kayty I'm excited for you!!! Good luck on your test!
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    06-07-2012, 02:33 AM
Thanks Skyes
I'm getting more and more excited about this horse - I never get nervous before I compete, I think now that I've got a horse that could potentially be up there in the placings with the 'big guys', it's all up to me! I can't use the 'He's 12 years old and green as grass, or He's a 3yr old manic ottb!!' if I botch it up :P
There's a number of professional riders on imported stallions competing with me on Sunday, so I'll really know where I'm standing once I get the results back against them.
    06-07-2012, 02:35 AM
Yep.. no safety net excuse lines. But on the bright side it will be a very correct assessment of YOUR skill in riding which is really hard to get between all the green crazies and the push button school masters.

Any chance of pics?
    06-07-2012, 02:42 AM
It certainly is! I have always done well in competion and generally place, but I don't compete a hell of a lot and usually I end up on another green, head case that moves well, but don't dare put too much pressure on it or it flips - so end up riding nice, neat tidy tests where I have to 'fake it' and can't actually ride my test as I would ride in training.
I'm looking forward to now having a horse that I CAN ride in a test and not just sit pretty with a grimace on my face haha
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    06-07-2012, 02:42 AM
And yes, there will most likely be pics of my warm ups but not the tests. I've got my groom coming along and she always goes camera crazy when I'm riding, until I stick a video camera in her hands to film the test rather than take millions of photos!!
    06-07-2012, 02:44 AM
True, video helps a lot more than still shots since riding is a moving thing not a posing thing haha.

Well can't wait till Sunday then!
    06-07-2012, 02:50 AM
I definitely prefer video, anyone can take a million photos and make the worst rider and horse look good. Video is far less forgiving!
I try to film every test, and as many lessons as I can. Then go home and scrutinize every second of the ride, a few times over. Best way to learn in conjunction with having a good coach to help on those issues.
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    06-07-2012, 06:00 AM
Good Luck Kayty!!
Videos are definitely unforgiving, but sometimes the kick n the backside we need. Especially if there aren't mirrors in the arena at home.
I am hoping to enter for the following Sunday here-- probably H/C as we're not quite ready to rock out yet, but he needs an outing.
Have been having a few issues with an old injury of his which is requiring intensive physio at the moment. Work twice daily- one of which in a pessoa as his back tends to spasm. Hot compressess before work and massage and stretching after. Boy do you sweat when massaging- I should have bought a smaller horse!!
I always seem to lose so much of the season to his injury as it flares up either if he's had any time off or we increase the workload. But hopefully this new regime will pay off.
Hoping to bring in a trainer from the UK for our region for a couple of clinics in the autumn. Might give us a leg up on next year!!
    06-07-2012, 09:45 PM
Thanks dqnaomi, And good luck with your comp as well.
What a pain about your horse's injury, I don't know what I'd do if my horse had such a time consuming injury as between working full time, having a business plus the usual mundane household goings on, I have zero spare time. When my TB injured his suspensory it was inredibly hard to get the time to treat it as much as it needed, let alone trying to ride as well as that.
    06-07-2012, 11:25 PM
Kitty's making me so proud! She's doing awesome and doing everything I ask her for! Today we worked on some counter-canter and beginning to introduce half-passes as well as turn on the haunches. I think we'll be more than ready for an end of Season show!

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