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post #1 of 5 Old 06-22-2013, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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I'm too slow...I think

So now that I'm am finally doing BN divison, time now matters. I measured a known distance for 325mpm with 4 fences and rode it a half dozen times yesterday. I consistently came in 8 to 10 seconds slow for an almost 1 minutes distance. I'm wondering if it's truly anything to be concerned about. My horse and I are currently working in a very forward but relaxed pace for both of us and jumping the fences in stride. The course I measured has hard turns to it unlike a traditional XC course, so I'm thinking seconds were eaten up in those spots. Then there's the show factor. Horses perform better, jump higher and run faster when they know it counts, right? Since I'm new to this division, and trying to keep everything safe and both of us confident, I'm just trying to figure out if there's anything to really fix here.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-22-2013, 03:32 PM
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You'd be surprised how much time difficult (or even not so difficult) turns can take up, so I wouldn't be too concerned and since you're new to the division would continue to ride exactly as you're riding at first and see where that gets you.
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Riding a cross country course with turns is a lot like driving a car on a twisty road compared to a straight road. You would have to slow down for the twists and turns, then try to make up the time where you can, and take that into consideration when determining how long it would take to get to your destination. Good luck moving up to the BN division!
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You nailed it when you factored in that your turns are eating your time. You don't get the hard tight turns XC, especially a BN course. I would come up with something that is fairly straight forward and clock that. You will come in a lot closer to your time that way Good luck with BN!

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Thanks guys. Yeah, I do think it is the turns eating my time. We did have to slow down to a very collected canter to make 2 of them. I know once we get rolling, we will be going a hair faster. He gets into that nice snorting rhythm and has himself a ball, so I don't want to mess him up. The next show I'm doing I'm told is a very straight forward course, so we should make better time.

NBEventer, I think I will map out a straighter distance and see if we are closer to a true 325mpm.

thanks for your input ladies!
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