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        10-14-2010, 02:33 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    Help!

    So currently I am an eventer and I love it but I went to a cross country event to support a friend (my horse is not show ready yet...). When I was there a horse fell after a jump and broke its leg at Preliminary level... I had to watch this horse almost drown in the water, stuggle to get up, scream and yell for other horse to them have the vet bring up the tarp wall and put the horse down on the course. Its something that has been ingraved in my mind forever. I really do love eventing but I know have been starting to ride dressage more because my horse is crazy and green. I love jumping and eventing but it scares me and dressage is so relaxing and carefree. My trainer really wants me to ride dressage for young riders because she thinks I am a really great rider and she love teaching me. She has great resources like Hilda Gourney, Yves Savenyon (sp) and a few other great riders. I think I might have a chance to be a good and go grand prix and go to the Olympics if I stick I with dressage and stop eventing. My eventing trainer thinks I should do young riders for eventing and she loves teaching me too.... Both trainers think me and my horse will be a kick ass team but it seems like I could really be set if I do dressage but iffy if I do eventing. So my question is should I work hard at dressage and go for gold or should I stick with eventing were it feels I will never get anywhere. Im sooooo confused........... I just feel like im always nervous up to a jump but when I get on and do dressage I feel like I can take on the world. I just feel like if I was going to be a good eventing I would love jumping higher, going really fast and hot horses. I do like hot horse, and I like going fast in control, and I do like jumping but I always get a pit in my stomach before I do it and just thinking about it gets me nervous... IDK! What do you think? Why do you do dressage, jump, or event?
         
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        10-14-2010, 02:34 AM
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    Trained
    Sounds like right now you should maybe stick with Dressage. If you decide to jump again, you'll have a really great foundation in dressage to help over fences on top of it.
         
        10-14-2010, 02:40 AM
      #3
    Weanling
    Thats what everyone has been saying.... Also if I go back to eventing (which I think I want to) dressage is the part were most people fail at because they think it is just about the jumping and don't practice that. Also the dressage is the baseline of your score to begin with too....
         
        10-14-2010, 03:48 AM
      #4
    Trained
    Exactly :)
    Either way you're going to need to have a strong Dressage test so there's no reason to rush back into jumping if the larger fences are going to be intimidating
         
        10-14-2010, 10:48 AM
      #5
    Trained
    If you're scared, stay off the CC course. Don't become another statistic.

    This is a very dangerous sport, this sport we must wear medical armbands because of severe accidents that can and do happen. That is why we must be prepared mentally and physically - both horse and rider.

    I'm an Eventer because I love the sport through and through. I am well aware of the dangers, but that's why I do the best I can to be fully, 100% prepared before I walk into that start box.

    If you aren't mentally prepared, don't do it. Stick with what your coach wants you to do, they know you best.
         
        10-14-2010, 11:00 AM
      #6
    Green Broke
    Stick with dressage for now. You can always come back to jumping later on. I agree with MIE that you shouldnt become another statistic. If you are get nervous before you jump, you are going to pass that along to your horse. Besides, with a green horse, putting a solid flatting foundation on them is an excellent idea.
         
        10-14-2010, 12:25 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Ded agree with mie.Fear has no part in eventing. Good lick with dressage!!!
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        10-14-2010, 08:45 PM
      #8
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    If you're scared, stay off the CC course. Don't become another statistic.

    This is a very dangerous sport, this sport we must wear medical armbands because of severe accidents that can and do happen. That is why we must be prepared mentally and physically - both horse and rider.

    I'm an Eventer because I love the sport through and through. I am well aware of the dangers, but that's why I do the best I can to be fully, 100% prepared before I walk into that start box.

    If you aren't mentally prepared, don't do it. Stick with what your coach wants you to do, they know you best.

    Agreed. If you're getting nervous and worked up while jumping as well as second guessing yourself you should stick to dressage for a while and stop jumping.
         
        10-15-2010, 12:38 AM
      #9
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    If you're scared, stay off the CC course. Don't become another statistic.

    This is a very dangerous sport, this sport we must wear medical armbands because of severe accidents that can and do happen. That is why we must be prepared mentally and physically - both horse and rider.

    I'm an Eventer because I love the sport through and through. I am well aware of the dangers, but that's why I do the best I can to be fully, 100% prepared before I walk into that start box.

    If you aren't mentally prepared, don't do it. Stick with what your coach wants you to do, they know you best.
    I got to agree with this 100%, if you're nervous when it comes to jumping like you are, stick with the Dressage, this is what I would do if I were in your boots. Like you said, eventually, if you want, you can always go back to it and kick butt because of the strong Dressage foundation.
         

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