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        06-13-2010, 10:53 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Some questions...

    Hey all, I would love to start eventing but there is still lots I don't know, so here are some questions I have.

    BEWARE: some questions may seem kinda silly/obvious...

    1) How did you get started in eventing? I used to be in pony club (when I was 9, now I'm 14) I'm not anymore because they had me jumping 2'6 before I could canter. Now I'm considering rejoining. Another concern about joining is that I have an OTTB that can get quit hot and gets exited at the canter and jumping (she's getting better). Would you encourage joining pony club?

    2) Are splint boots ok for XC? If not, what are some good boots/brands to use?

    3) Can I wear paddock boots with leather matching half chaps to an event?

    4) How many times a week do you ride and how many times do you jump and go out on an XC course?

    5) What is the hardest/most challenging part about eventing in your opinion?

    6)How long would you spend per level?

    Thanks for reading. That's all I can think of at the moment.

    SallyBaby
         
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        06-13-2010, 11:06 PM
      #2
    Trained
    Quote:
    1) How did you get started in eventing? I used to be in pony club (when I was 9, now I'm 14) I'm not anymore because they had me jumping 2'6 before I could canter. Now I'm considering rejoining. Another concern about joining is that I have an OTTB that can get quit hot and gets exited at the canter and jumping (she's getting better). Would you encourage joining pony club?
    I got started through Pony Club. I grew and learnt alot from the club, until I got to the C's - that's when it got very political. I would encourage joining pony club, I think any young rider should - very benefitial and very educational.

    I don't remember Pony Club ever having students jump before they could do basic dressage - walk, trot, canter. Safety is very important to the organization and their riders - and if you couldn't canter, I don't see you leaving the D level.

    I would give it another shot.

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    2) Are splint boots ok for XC? If not, what are some good boots/brands to use?
    Splint Boots are just fine for Eventing. Any splint boot will do the job. You don't have to buy expensive name brand boots to event.

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    3) Can I wear paddock boots with leather matching half chaps to an event?
    I am not sure about Canadian Rules - but here in the you.S you can. I never noticed it before, but when it was brought to my attention, I startd to notice riders who had Paddock Boots and Leather 1/2 Chaps.

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    4) How many times a week do you ride and how many times do you jump and go out on an XC course?
    I do alot of conditioning, conditioning is very important - for both horse and rider. I try to ride about 5 to 6 days a week, where the majority is out hacking. I jump once a week.

    When you join Pony Club, you'll have access to weekly lessons and clinics.

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    5) What is the hardest/most challenging part about eventing in your opinion?
    For me, Stadium Jumping. But that goes back to past experiences.

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    6)How long would you spend per level?
    I firmly believe that a horse/rider team should spend 1 full season at a level. Meaning, finishing your HT's and not getting elminated. I also like to go by Jim Woffords rule of placing top 3 in at least 3 Events.
         
        06-13-2010, 11:20 PM
      #3
    Foal
    1) How did you get started in eventing?

    I started taking lessons at a big military barn, and it just so happened that the instructor I took lessons from was into eventing. If I'd had a different instructor (and there were a few), I might have gotten into something else. But she focused on eventing, so when I started leasing a horse, I started training for my first event! I don't know anything about PC...a few people at that barn were into it, but I never joined.

    2) Are splint boots ok for XC? If not, what are some good boots/brands to use?

    I've only ever used SMBs, and that was because the owner of one horse I leased said she had to wear them. I've heard a lot of different things, but from what I've read, splint boots are fine, or you can get an all-round boot like Woofs.

    3) Can I wear paddock boots with leather matching half chaps to an event?

    You probably can, but I'm not sure...not sure about the rules since I always wore tall boots, but I'm sure someone else can explain. If they're leather, though, it's probably fine.

    4) How many times a week do you ride and how many times do you jump and go out on an XC course?

    When I was showing, I'd ride about 5 days a week and jump about twice a week, once in the ring and once XC. Some days I'd just pop over a jump or two, some weeks I'd only jump in the ring, some I wouldn't jump at all, etc.

    5) What is the hardest/most challenging part about eventing in your opinion?

    Hm..it's been forever since I've ridden, let alone done a ODE, but I'll try to remember. The prep can be hard. You have three phases to master at home, and sometimes it seemed like I couldn't devote enough time to each one. Out of the three, I thought stadium was the hardest, with dressage a close second. But I also had a really hot pony who loved jumping, so cross country was the easiest for us. Dressage was always tough because she was usually so tense, so I stressed out about it and made it worse. Stadium was tough because I had a hard time getting her to relax and listen...we'd just tear around the course like a bat out of hell

    6) How long would you spend per level?

    Well...I didn't do many events, really. The first pony I leased I did a baby novice and never evented her again. She hated it. The second pony I did two or three beginner novice's over the course of like, a year and a half, and then one novice. Then I bought my first horse. Never got around to showing her though If I had done more events, though, I probably would have move through the levels a lot faster.

    Sorry, my answers probably don't help you much
         
        06-13-2010, 11:25 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    1) How did you get started in eventing?Would you encourage joining pony club? I started out in hunters and started riding at 5, got my first pony at 6. I did hunters until I was 12. Went through a few different trainers and one I was with did hunters and some foxhunting. She took us to a little schooling event close by just for fun. A few months later, we found a good eventing coach and started eventing! I've never done pony club so I don't know too much but I do know there are good ones and bad ones. All depends on whose in charge. Since they had you jumping before cantering I wouldn't go back to that one, honestly. You'd be better off finding an eventing coach and taking lessons.

    2) Are splint boots ok for XC? If not, what are some good boots/brands to use? Splint boots are fine. Woof boots a really good too. Around 40 dollars and are really durable and don't take on water, very popular for eventing in my area.

    3) Can I wear paddock boots with leather matching half chaps to an event? For a schooling show, they're fine, as long as it doesn't specify that you can't. But for a recognized show, no you are not allowed to wear half chaps.

    4) How many times a week do you ride and how many times do you jump and go out on an XC course? I ride 5-6 days a week depending on weather and school. I jump 2-3 times a week. 2 for my seasoned horse, 3 light jumps for my 5yr old OTTB. And I go XC schooling/take a lesson maybe once a month. And do about 8-9 recognized events a year.

    5) What is the hardest/most challenging part about eventing in your opinion? Probably dressage! We do well at home and lessons but it never works out like that at shows! Haha.

    6)How long would you spend per level?
    Well it depends on horse and rider of course. A complete beginner and/or a young horse would be different. But for a good solid horse and rider I'd say 6 months to a year at each level. My first event horse had competed novice but I was only 12 at the time. I did about 6 months a BN before going to Novice and a few months at novice before selling her because she just didn't like XC. My second event horse was a seasoned prelim eventer. I did 2 BN events on him before going to novice. Over a year at novice before he injured himself and had to stop jumping (he was 15). But I did school all training and some prelim XC on him. My OTTB was 3 when I got him, now 5 and spent a good year and a half at tadpole and is just now going BN. And now that my sister is going to vet school in the fall i'm taking over her prelim eventer. I did 1 BN on him before doing novice. We'll probably stay novice until next spring but are schooling training level now.
         
        06-13-2010, 11:31 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Thanks, this helps me out alot!
         
        06-13-2010, 11:57 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SallyBaby    
    Hey all, I would love to start eventing but there is still lots I don't know, so here are some questions I have.

    BEWARE: some questions may seem kinda silly/obvious...

    1) How did you get started in eventing? I used to be in pony club (when I was 9, now I'm 14) I'm not anymore because they had me jumping 2'6 before I could canter. Now I'm considering rejoining. Another concern about joining is that I have an OTTB that can get quit hot and gets exited at the canter and jumping (she's getting better). Would you encourage joining pony club?

    2) Are splint boots ok for XC? If not, what are some good boots/brands to use?

    3) Can I wear paddock boots with leather matching half chaps to an event?

    4) How many times a week do you ride and how many times do you jump and go out on an XC course?

    5) What is the hardest/most challenging part about eventing in your opinion?

    6)How long would you spend per level?

    Thanks for reading. That's all I can think of at the moment.

    SallyBaby
    1) Pony Club is a great organization, and I definitely think you should rejoin it. Look around for a chapter and talk to the DC of the group and see if you get along. Also, ask if you can attend a meeting or two before joining. It'll give you an idea of how you'll fit in and if you'll enjoy it. If you don't want to join, just ask around for good eventing trainers. I started eventing simply because my trainer specializes in eventing, so I switched over from jumpers.

    2) Splint boots are fine. Woof boots are also good. You just want something that will protect their legs fully.

    3) For a recognized event no, but for a smaller unrecognized event that would probably be okay. Just ask first.

    4) When I was actively competing I rode my horse 5-6 times a day. We jumped once a week, did conditioning work twice a week, and did dressage the rest of the time. My trainer organized several cross country schoolings so throughout the year I'd probably school cross country about 10-12 times.

    5) I find dressage the most challenging phase because it really demands perfection, but it's also probably my favorite phase because of that. It also depends on the horse I'm riding. With my paint cross, dressage is definitely hardest, but with the Oldenburg I used to ride stadium is harder because he gets so excited.

    6) Again, it depends. I'm a real go-getter, and as soon as I'm consistently placing in the top 5/going clean with an under 35 dressage and feel more than comfortable schooling the level I want to move up to, then I'll move up. It also depends on the horse. If my horse is fit enough, easily jumps above the level I want to move up to, and is excelling in his dressage work, I'll move up. My last show season before moving up to training level my placings were 2nd/1st/1st, my horse was coming off cross country ready to go again within 10 minutes, and I was successfully schooling all training level jumps plus a few prelim.
         
        06-14-2010, 02:50 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SallyBaby    
    Hey all, I would love to start eventing but there is still lots I don't know, so here are some questions I have.

    BEWARE: some questions may seem kinda silly/obvious...

    1) How did you get started in eventing? I used to be in pony club (when I was 9, now I'm 14) I'm not anymore because they had me jumping 2'6 before I could canter. Now I'm considering rejoining. Another concern about joining is that I have an OTTB that can get quit hot and gets exited at the canter and jumping (she's getting better). Would you encourage joining pony club?

    2) Are splint boots ok for XC? If not, what are some good boots/brands to use?

    3) Can I wear paddock boots with leather matching half chaps to an event?

    4) How many times a week do you ride and how many times do you jump and go out on an XC course?

    5) What is the hardest/most challenging part about eventing in your opinion?

    6)How long would you spend per level?

    Thanks for reading. That's all I can think of at the moment.

    SallyBaby
    Firstly, I would like to point out that NO question is silly or stupid! I've asked the same question a million times probably :P

    1) My trainer is an eventer, but then I switched to a new trainer who did hunters. The hunters in my area are very..... mean, to people who don't have the perfect bay or chestnut TB or expensive WB, and all that so we switched back around 2 years ago, and I've been eventing ever since!

    2) Of course! I use Woof Boots and LOVE them!

    3) I don't think so... I would just try to invest in a pair of tall boots. They are a great thing to have!

    4) I ride 7 days a week usually. I do trot and gallop sets every four days, I have two lessons a week, and I usually jump once a week. All the other time is devoted solely to dressage. It is the most competitive phase of our sport so you have to excel in it!

    5) No part is very hard to me. I have a really great horse, who is a workaholic like me, so we're perfect for eachother. If I had to chose one, it would be the conditioning up to the event. Getting a horse in shape isn't as easy as it sounds!

    6) Well, I've been doing Beginner Novice for 5 shows. But I can school up to 3' courses and novice and some training XC questions. I plan on moving up to Novice after one more show in the fall. I think that if your trainer says that your ready, if you're confident in your horse and your abilities to move up, if you can school the level without alot of dificulty and if you are placing in the top three at your shows, that you're ready to move up. You should never feel pressured to move up though. It should ultimently be your decision. If you want to do Novice forever, then do novice :)
         
        06-14-2010, 07:52 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Every one is talking about conditioning. When you say conditioning, do you mean hacking and stuff or conditioning skills such as dressage?

    Also, my goal would be training level, how much riding should be done to compete/ride in a training level event?
         
        06-14-2010, 07:57 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    Conditioning is bringing your horse up to a level of stamina that is enough for them to gallop and jump a XC course without getting REALLY tired at the end. It involves hacking and doing trot and canter sets. Your trainer will help you plan out a specific plan for your horses level of fitness.

    Don't go into eventing thinking your first event will be at training level. You will do BN events first for about a year, then move up to novice for as long as it takes until you develope a good enough seat in all three phases that will be good enough for you to move up to training. Training is where the real questions start coming into play. It's not just 3'3" natural jumps. It's corners, combinations on slops, jumping into, out of, and jumping while in the water jumps. Jumping ditches after banks then down another bank. Trekaners, coffins. The list is endless. You will work a long time before you get to training level.
         
        06-14-2010, 08:03 PM
      #10
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
    Conditioning is bringing your horse up to a level of stamina that is enough for them to gallop and jump a XC course without getting REALLY tired at the end. It involves hacking and doing trot and canter sets. Your trainer will help you plan out a specific plan for your horses level of fitness.

    Don't go into eventing thinking your first event will be at training level. You will do BN events first for about a year, then move up to novice for as long as it takes until you develope a good enough seat in all three phases that will be good enough for you to move up to training. Training is where the real questions start coming into play. It's not just 3'3" natural jumps. It's corners, combinations on slops, jumping into, out of, and jumping while in the water jumps. Jumping ditches after banks then down another bank. Trekaners, coffins. The list is endless. You will work a long time before you get to training level.
    Thanks.
         

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