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post #1 of 16 Old 07-21-2014, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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hoping to move up to training!

Gypsy and I are hoping to move up to training this fall.any tips or encouragement would be greatly appreciated!

We won on our dressage score last weekend at novice. 26.5 is pretty good in the pouring rain. It was our 4th novice.

I hope we are ready! We've been focusing a lot on dressage, since we now board at a dressage barn.

Here is a pic of our event last weekend. I'm going through some withdrawl, bc I just got my wisdom teeth out and can't ride!
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-22-2014, 05:16 PM
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You guys sure look good in the pic! Looks like a walk in the park for both of you. Wicked good dressage score too. The only tip I have is to try and find the best venue for moving up. I don't know about your area, but in mine, all courses are not equal. Some are at the low end of the level while other are maxed out. Do it!!!

Sorry about your teeth.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #3 of 16 Old 07-22-2014, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah it's a challenge around here, but we might move up at a new event to the area. I know the organizer, so I'm going to ask about the courses and see if I can school there to get the lay if the land.

Unfortunately, today was going to be my first ride in 5 days, but gypsy threw a shoe :(
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Like MyBoyPuck said, it's essential to find a good place to move up. Ask around to see what the options are. Also, don't go crazy trying to make time and stuff. Your first event at the next level should focus on having a good experience. Have fun, you guys look awesome!

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YOU know your horse and if she has any problems with particular obstacles. If you can train on the course, I think I would saddle her up and lunge her over any obstacles that could be trouble. You'll get a chance to see her reaction to the jump and have a better idea about what to do to eliminate any runouts and how you want to school for it.
I would also school on sloppy areas. I do not event but I have ridden in some awful conditions over the 26 years that we did CW Reenacting, including muddy, slick and terrible footing. Personally, I don't think it's safe when a course is set up that turns dangerous during a rainy period, but people ride them anyway and sometimes get hurt, unneccessarily. (Why don't they set down gravel or sand, for instance, in front of and just beyond a vertical on a downhill slope?) **shakes head**
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Well last weekend we won another novice on another maxed out course (my trainer said the course was harder than AECs last year). Gypsy the a shoe half way through the course and was still too fast lol, time to move up!

Planning to move up in September!
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That's great news Gypsygirl! Can't wait to hear about your first training HT!
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You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #8 of 16 Old 08-29-2014, 08:26 PM
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I agree = talk to others and see what the course is like - thats your best bet and either pick a home ground one that you know the jumps at or one that is known to be nice... Lovely pic of you both

IM from NZ so the heights Are all weird - Here Novice is higher than training - Novice is 1.10m whereas Training is 95 cm whats the difference there height wise?
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Novice is 2'11" and training is 3'3" here.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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Not mine, just gypsys first training, but I haven't done it for years bc I've been waiting for her :)

She bucked me off last week, little devil ;)
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