Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Joe......what are you talking about? You are making a lot of assumptions here. No one said that they have a well groomed track to train on, no one said that they are going to walk a 50 mile trail out in the mountains.
Do you even event?????
My Coach has a nicely mowed area out in an open field. Just a strait line from one end to the other, with markers on it. But you don't have to do it that way. You can do it in an arena, you can do it anywhere where you have enough space to work on your gallop.
Wren, there is nothing wrong with using a watch. Many Eventers use their watches while there are many who do not. It is a personal preference. They can be a great asset.
I don't use mine for "training" at home, I set mine at the Events themselves.I look at the Novice Course information..."Ok, my course is 1900m set at 400mpm. Optimum time, 5:59" ok. I set my watch at 5:59, write the numbers down on my arm and voila. Just remember to start it when you are about to leave the start box...lol. There have been plenty of times, I've forgotten to press start on my watch......so that's why it is great to just focus on riding your horses rhtym, and as Strange said - riding each indavidual fence instead of riding your time.
I remember Jim Wofford and David O'Connor saying something of the sort when those accidents happened at Rolex a few years back. "Eventing isn't about riding the clock. Stop riding the clock. Ride your horse, ride each fence" *something like that*
At home, I work on feeling my horses gallop, minute by minute *marker by marker* so I can apply that on course. It is an important asset to have, to ride your rhtym.
When I am at an Event, we walk the course with the wheel measurer thinggy mabob, and make visual markers minute by minute. So I can look at where we are standing when we get to a minute, and I can say "ok, this is where I should be at this time" and etc, etc, etc.
I am still working on this, and there are times where I get to where I should be in 2 mintues, look at my watch *Events I remember to press start* and see that I've only been on course for 1.
Sometimes you just get so caught up in the ride itself, you forget to focus on what you've been working on at home. So, equip yourself with both.
If you want to use a GPS watch, then fly at it! There are no rules stating you have to have such and such type watch. Use whatever you want. Just so long as it works for you.
Stay safe! That's the most important factor :) Who cares if you come in under time. Just so long as you ride your course, and cross the finish line with a big smile on your face :)
It's great when you have to two put together.