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post #1 of 144 Old 02-26-2014, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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Competition Rant

So went to a dressage competition today, I don't get out much with a 3 month baby cause it's always a big hassle.

So I parked up (the pram) about 10 meters from the arena and we were promptly ask to move back another 10 due to "safety" by the first rider. Judge agrees that we should move back. Next rider horse looked sideways at pram and we were then asked to move back more. 3rd rider comes out asks us to move back further again. 4th Rider comes up she is a good 35 meters from us her horse freaks out threatens to rear and we are asks to "go some place else"

Is this for real! 35 meters away and they still can't handle their horses. Isn't dressage about submission and partnership with the horse (or some such) and we get told to move on cause their horses can't handle a pram....

Ok rant over... I think, still Pretty annoyed!
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post #2 of 144 Old 02-26-2014, 10:00 PM
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Very well behaved horses huh? NOT!

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post #3 of 144 Old 02-26-2014, 10:00 PM
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Sorry to disagree with you, but the riders have every right to ask you to move.

You try telling a prey animal that a weird looking box thing on wheels that makes strange noises isn't going to eat you.
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It wasn't making a noise and if they don't want prams and other "strange objects" around the horses why make it open to admission??

No they don't have any right to tell me to "go someplace else" The only reason I did go is because I did not want to see someone injured over it.
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post #5 of 144 Old 02-26-2014, 10:11 PM
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Did you pay an admission fee? If you did I would guarantee it wouldn't have been even close to what the competitors had to pay for the privilege to compete.

If I am going to pay a ridiculous amount of money to compete, I would expect to be able to ask a person to move if they had positioned themselves in such a way that made it unsafe, for whatever reason, for me or my horse to proceed with my test, then **** straight I will be asking that person to move.
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post #6 of 144 Old 02-26-2014, 10:13 PM
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Anything can be just beyond the distance that surrounds the distance suggested by the rules. Usually that is 10m...rarely more.

The entire point of a schooling show is that the horse/rider learns to cope with show ring situations. As long as the child is not screaming/etc. I think this was silly to ask more. A 100'+....really???
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They should learn to control their horses and spend more time outside an arena so the horse doesn't freak out. I mean this isnt some pony club show it's a dressage competition where they are displaying their ability to control their horse..
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post #8 of 144 Old 02-26-2014, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Baby was asleep for once, there was no noise. If she was crying I would have left myself
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post #9 of 144 Old 02-26-2014, 10:21 PM
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Even the best trained horses can get a fright. They are a prey animal, and have a mind of their own. No matter how much training we put into them, things can, and will go wrong.

My dressage horse spends plenty of time out of the arena. She even chases cows. Just because a horse is scared of a pram doesn't make it poorly trained.
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post #10 of 144 Old 02-26-2014, 10:47 PM
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Wait, what the heck is a pram?

I googled it and it says that it is a baby carriage. But it doesnt sound like the original poster is talking about a baby carriage here. -reread I guess it is a baby carriage.
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