Really? So one poster says she doesn't ride with a trainer and gets a "haha, lets remember our youth". Another, who from all her posts seems an educated, safe, excellent rider gets a "wow, you are going to DIE without a trainer!" Hypocrisy much?
And lets just clarify, instead of turning this into a big over exaggeration.
I said Training over a CC course without a coach is irrisponsible because those fences . Where as NO WHERE on this forum, did I say that riding, hacking, doing Dressage, playing over Stadium Fences without a coach is irrisponsible.
There are many who do alot without a coach, and I have no issues with that, but I feel that due to the huge increase of accidents that are occuring out on that CC course today, we cannot take the chance of hurting ourselves and our horses.
Many Top Level Eventers *In North America* including David O'Connor, Karen O'Connor, Jim Wofford and others stress how important it is to have education under you before you get on that course. Not only be able to ride that course, but be ready and prepared - though edcuated coaching and training.
Now, on that note - Wild Spot, I did not see your past posts, I usually skim past the majority, but I went back and re-read -
Why can't people accept - It is a different country, a different culture,. It's not wrong, it's just different.
Yep, you are right. We grew up in different atmosphere's and different practices of Horsemanship. Since I joined PC, I grew up in a very trainer orientated atmosphere, where in your country, they are far and few between.
I have a dear friend who is a Kiwi and she is a phenominal eventer, and I just had a long discussion with her about this and she did most of her riding without a coach - but, on that note, she didn't start out without a coach, and when she was ready to move up she didn't do it without a coach/trainer by her side.
I agree, that it is one thing to ride a low level fence *beginner novice* alone, when you've been riding Novice or Training - but I wouldn't consider moving up at all without a coach working with me.
I guess from my point of view, I was thinking in hands of preparing for an event, I wouldn't school over the course without my coach by my side *But you also have to understand that MANY courses in my area will not allow a rider on their property *course* without a coach present* so I wouldn't beable to anyways, even if I wanted to.
Whereas in your area, it is lax and free willy nilly.
I would feel comfortable going over a BN course alone without a coach, but I wouldn't feel comfortable doing it without eyes on the ground or others present for incase if someting went wrong. But I wouldn't school over a N course, without help because there are questions that I cannot answer on my own, or I wouldn't consider training over a T course without educated eyes being with me, because there are questions that I cannot answer on my own.
Low Levels are supposed to be strait forward, simple, fluid - but for someone who is at the lowest of levels, I wouldn't encourage them to piddle around without help, but once they moved up and obtained the experience needed through proper education and training, I would feel comfortable for them to go over the lowest level course, because they've trained it and experienced it.
I would never encourage someone just starting out to ride alone, never. That is just a disaster waiting to happen. How is the rider to know how to establish rhythm, or how to rock back or how to put their horse in check or how to stay behind their horse? Without the education under them?
Then when we start to move up into higher levels - how is a rider to know how to extend, or bring back, or do a coffin canter or to ride a fly fence - without the education?
So I do see both sides, as my friend does. I see and do agree with your case, and I see and agree with mine.