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post #1 of 10 Old 10-01-2010, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Just starting any tips ??

Hey there ,

I just starting cross-country! :) Like Im just sarting my dressage basic a real newby xD lol
Anyways I was hoping anyone can give me some tips on pretty much anything that you think a beginner should know.

Thanks :)
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-01-2010, 05:35 PM
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Don't fall.

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Why live on the edge when you can jump off?- Greenwood Horse Trials Tee-Shirt
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-01-2010, 05:42 PM
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Don't fall, trust your instincts

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post #4 of 10 Old 10-01-2010, 05:44 PM
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I honestly have some tips for you, but I'd rathe type on my computer when I get home :)
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post #5 of 10 Old 10-01-2010, 08:38 PM
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I highly encourage you to find a coach who is very capeable of coaching you. One who rides the sport, trains in the sport and who competes in the sport. You want a coach who is up to their ears in the sport, not just one who dabbles periodically, or who used to event - one that does it now.

Also ensure that the coach you choose is above you in levels. This is a dangerous sport and a sport to not take lightly. Make sure whomever you choose, has your best interests, safety, education at heart.

Have fun and stay safe

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post #6 of 10 Old 10-01-2010, 09:26 PM
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Everything MIEventer just said. The only reason I advanced so quickly through the eventing levels is because I had a trainer that was doing everything literally by my side. I couldn't have been as successful as I was without her.

An actual riding tip- perfect your lower leg. That will be what saves you, especially during cross country.
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post #7 of 10 Old 10-01-2010, 09:36 PM
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I agree with everything that has been said :) great advice!

*Don't write dressage off. Dressage is the key to both jumping phases.

*Don't worry about time on XC the first couple times out and make sure you can ride the pace without a watch. Set up cones 325, 350, and 375 meters apart and be able to ride from one to the other in a minute (how XC is mesured, MPM)

*Do A BUNCH of work in a proper two point to help you, you'll have to hold it for 5-6 minutes on the XC!

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post #8 of 10 Old 10-02-2010, 05:19 PM
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Don't fall.
Pretty much sums it up.

Haha, no, pretty much everything MIE said and from Stormy's other post! But try not to fall either... it'll make a better impression. ;)
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post #9 of 10 Old 10-03-2010, 06:50 PM
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You know... haven't been living what I preach lately, lol! I've fallen like twice in the past month. :P

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post #10 of 10 Old 10-03-2010, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks you guys and yes my coach is competing in XC and is alot higher then my level :P lol OMG I can't wait to get started!!!! Im so exacited xD !!!
Btw love the tip about not falling off ;)
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