Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
It is achievable my dear - but you have a lot of work ahead of you.
For CC, you really do want a bold, courageous mount to beable to face those fences solidily, without hesitation - for the both of your safety.
So, I suggest, doing as much "Saking out" as you can. Expose her over and over and over to "scarey" objects and "scarey questions" so that she can work it out mentally for herself, in a safe, quiet, positive way - so that when you are out on the CC course, or even in the Stadium Course....you will end up with a bold, courageous mount.
To Event, a strong Partnership must be formed, and trust on the both of you. You must beable to trust your horse, and your horse must beable to trust you. Once a strong bond is formed, the two of you will be unstoppable.
I've seen very skittish TB's, turn into amazing Eventing Mounts - through consistant, dilligent work on the riders/trainers part.
Expose her to as much as you can. Hack as much as you can, get her out in the environtment as much as you can. Have her work with tarps and other objects that you would assume "spooky"
There are times, even with Nelson, being an Eventer and a Hunter/Jumper throughout his life, gone Prelim with his previous owner - spooks on me. Sometimes we will be approaching a fence and I can feel him waver under me - but then that's my job to sit deep, get my legs around him and drive him forward, using my voice and confident body posture.
If you work with her a lot, and she still is spooky, she might not be the one for you to do CC with - but time will only tell.
With a strong and rushy horse - that is fixed through your body, using your core and your aids correctly to bring your horse down to you, it is achievable, but you have to find a Trainer who is capeable of working with you - if you want to Event, please find a Coach who is an Eventer.
By the way - welcome to the dark side - MUWWAA HA HA HA HA HA!
Last edited by MIEventer; 12-25-2010 at 10:04 AM.