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post #21 of 40 Old 01-16-2012, 09:04 PM
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Really good effort given the circumstances. Yes, your mare isn't as fluid as she probably could be, but she was obedient. Be careful you don't counterflex her too much, it is a useful tool, especially when working on connection, but judges really look for straightness.

Encourage your mare to lower her head and neck, it will help free up the base of her neck and allow for more freedom through her shoulders.

Great effort though, winter schooling shows are tough. I tend to avoid them as most of our local ones do not allow for the adequate warmup of the horse and rider.
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post #22 of 40 Old 01-16-2012, 09:14 PM
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You did it girl! You went to the winter show and you went and had a really great test, especially under those circumstances!

Great job for you! :) High five! Wonderful riding
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post #23 of 40 Old 01-16-2012, 09:20 PM
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I don't like to show in the winter. I am so not a cold weather person. I think you did pretty good considering the conditions you were dealing with. I think maybe you should do just one more winter show before writing them off...
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post #24 of 40 Old 01-17-2012, 02:26 AM
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I think probably because of the roads we drive on over here and the laws on driving trailers.
With a car or 4x4 the most you can tow is 3.5 tons fully laden and only if you passed your test pre 1997, if you passed after 1997 then you have to take a very difficult test to enable you to tow more then 750kg. Which kind of limits the size of your trailers, trailers with living are expensive, rare and need a serious tow car to pull it. You also pay a LOT of tax on tow cars, in the region of 200 a year in tax for one. If you have to run it all year then it gets very very expensive on fuel as well. Fuel is currently 1.40 per litre here and your average 4x4 will cost 100 to fill up and need filling up at least once a week.

So it makes sense to have a lorry here, it costs me less in tax (about 100 a year), it does the same mpg as my mums 4x4, it has full luxury living. If you passed your test pre 1997 you can drive a lorry up to 7.5 ton, after 1997 and it is a separate test but it is far easier then the trailer test. I Run a small efficient other car (smart car) that costs me nothing in fuel (costs 25 to fill from being on the reserve) and nothing in tax (litteraly nothing because it is so efficient).

I either have hay delivered or I take my lorry and load it up, the horse area of the lorry is very good for carying loads, I used it to move house!
The set ups for horses here are generaly smaller. I wouldnt use a car to take hay to the horses on any of the yards I have ever been on/seen as it is a short walk with a wheel barrow.

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post #25 of 40 Old 01-17-2012, 09:30 AM
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But I appreciate your advice. I didn't think about may be just walk out the ring and walk back and forth in front of indoor doing bending. Well, something new to know!

The walk and going lateral can be your best friends where the ground is a problem to work on.

I had much the same situation once. The warm up area was flooded and totally useless. So I used any area I could to walk bend,bend,bend and more bend.

The only area that was partly usable was the little bit just before you went in and it was barely 4 horse lengths wide and deep.

Knowing lateral work early in your training can be the biggest asset you have.

I won the class BTW.

I also remember going to the Royal and watching the finals a few years back. One rider did 80% of her warm up at walk/lateral...she also won.

So very doable as a warm up.
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post #26 of 40 Old 01-17-2012, 07:04 PM
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Just to add to Faye's post and further clarify her point about vehicle weight and running cost.

I have never seen a vehicle in the UK bigger than a Range Rover or a small pickup truck. Nothing remotely like the massive Ford F-350 pickups (and their like) that people have in the States and that can happily haul a four horse slant-load trailer with living quarters. You could not afford to run suck a thing here. That's why if you want to haul more than two horses and/or want living quarters on your rig, you need a lorry.
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post #27 of 40 Old 01-18-2012, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, silver and faye, that was interesting to know! I bet I'd fail the test on driving the trailer if I had to have it when I just started. Well... May be not driving, but backing up definitely!

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You did it girl! You went to the winter show and you went and had a really great test, especially under those circumstances!

Great job for you! :) High five! Wonderful riding
Thank you, Sky!

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I I think maybe you should do just one more winter show before writing them off...
FP, with winter mix coming later this week and winds 35 mph I have a bad feeling I'll have to quit riding quite soon all together till March.

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post #30 of 40 Old 01-18-2012, 10:02 AM
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backing the trailer up into a very tight space through an s bend is one of the first things you have to do on the trailer test.

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