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    01-18-2012, 10:06 AM
  #31
Yearling
I had a trailer in the States and was pretty handy at backing it up into awkward spaces. Still, I don't fancy getting the license to drive one here. The UK driving test was horrid. I can't imagine the trailer test is any friendlier.
     
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    01-18-2012, 10:11 AM
  #32
Green Broke
Silverspear, do your HGV instead! Far far easier!!
I've done the training for both, I did not get on with the reverse section of the trailer test so opted not to do the trailer test, Could drive it forwards no problem and give me plenty of room and I can reverse the trailer but I just could not keep the trailer within the lines when reversing for the test. I have my HGV licence and when I can afford it I'm going to do my Artic licence which is easier then the car and trailer test but you automaticly get the car and trailer licence when you get the Artic.
     
    01-18-2012, 10:17 AM
  #33
Yearling
But is the HGV test easier than the basic driving test? That put me off wanting to have anything, ever, to do with DVLA testing again. Being American and a little bit sad, I also can't drive a manual transmission.

Sorry, Kitten_val, for the off-topic drift.
     
    01-18-2012, 10:25 AM
  #34
Green Broke
Ah, unfortunatly for you it would probably be a nightmare as you have to use a lorry with a manual 4 over 4 gear box (so 8 gears, 4 low range, 4 high range all on the same gear stick with a button to switch between high and low).

I certainly found it no worse then the car test, possibly a bit easier as I'm better at driving bigger vehicles (ask me to park my lorry in very tight space with 2 inches either side and I can do it, I can't reverse park my smart car even if you give me enough space to park a Battle ship and parking sensors!)
     
    01-18-2012, 10:29 AM
  #35
Yearling
I can reverse park anything anywhere, as I learned to drive on a Ford F-250 (one of the above-mentioned massive American pickups) and currently drive an ancient Land Rover Discovery. I could reverse park a horse trailer on a city street back when I had it. Still didn't help me pass a UK driving test the first.... four.... times.

Really must learn to drive manual one of these days.
     
    01-18-2012, 12:11 PM
  #36
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Thank you, Sky!
You're welcome!!
     
    01-18-2012, 12:47 PM
  #37
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
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.
Nope. It will be 60 and then 30 and then 50 and then 40 so sometimes you can ride... right?
     
    01-18-2012, 01:43 PM
  #38
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Nope. It will be 60 and then 30 and then 50 and then 40 so sometimes you can ride... right?
Not quite. Last year we had a ice storm, so several inches of ice on arena. And then the temp dropped, so arena was covered in ice for really long time, and it didn't melt away. So 2 months no riding. :) Horses loved it I bet.
     
    01-18-2012, 02:23 PM
  #39
Trained
KV,
REALLY hard to critique you. I guess I've never heard of a test held this time of year. I think it might have been more appropriate for an in-stable schooling show, where you could plan for everybody to warm up in groups...ANYWAY...
YES, you BOTH look cold. Don't know, BUT, pay attention when you school to your horse's tail bc it telegraphs minor disobedience. I didn't see much of that in the video, only the halt was on the forehand. I thought he was calm and obedient throughout.
If you can, check out "Dressage Symposium." RFDtv is showing replays of this right now.
www.rfdtv.com/shows/equine/us_dressage_symposium/Cached
In one show Robert Dover is demonstrating on a (grey) horse who hasn't been warmed up and makes some errors.
Michael Poulin makes an awesome comment about how we don't praise our horses enough, and we should start paying attention to punishment vs. praise--I agree with that.
I think the only real critique I have is that I wouldn't attend a test with a warmup ring that resembles a hockey rink.
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    01-18-2012, 05:05 PM
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KV,
REALLY hard to critique you. I guess I've never heard of a test held this time of year. I think it might have been more appropriate for an in-stable schooling show, where you could plan for everybody to warm up in groups...ANYWAY...
YES, you BOTH look cold. Don't know, BUT, pay attention when you school to your horse's tail bc it telegraphs minor disobedience. I didn't see much of that in the video, only the halt was on the forehand. I thought he was calm and obedient throughout.
If you can, check out "Dressage Symposium." RFDtv is showing replays of this right now.
www.rfdtv.com/shows/equine/us_dressage_symposium/Cached
In one show Robert Dover is demonstrating on a (grey) horse who hasn't been warmed up and makes some errors.
Michael Poulin makes an awesome comment about how we don't praise our horses enough, and we should start paying attention to punishment vs. praise--I agree with that.
I think the only real critique I have is that I wouldn't attend a test with a warmup ring that resembles a hockey rink.
Thank you, Corporal! :) And thanks for the link - I definitely will check it out.

P.S. Yes, my fingers and toes were freezing...
     

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