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post #1 of 17 Old 04-23-2011, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Tis' the season!

Well, now that the snow has finally melted, my Buddies and I have been able to take full advantage of the near by XC course.

Lessons are going great with the new Coaches, and I am gaining more and more confidence over Stadium Fences. We're preparing for the up and coming first HT of our season, Cobblestone which is a USEA rated course, which is May 22nd.

So my new Coaches are having me leave Nelson's face alone on approach to a fence, where I am soooo accustomed to micromanaging every stride, I am now not permitted to have any contact with his face 5 strides in. This is new for me...and difficult, but I'm learning to just stay over Nelson and balanced over my feet, while allowing him to do his job without me interfearing. Whew....that's difficult for me!

I wish I had the same confidence in the Sand Box, and I do out on the XC course.

So here are some pics of our lessons, and us playing out on the XC course. Nothing big, just the beginning of the season and working on small to build up to bigger.

Here are the piccies......

Working on getting Nelson to stretch down -

Getting him to drive into the bit. Most importantly, getting that back end working and that back lifted to develop that topline

Stopping to say "Cheese". Nelson is saying "I'd far rather be out there..."

Starting the grid work after our dressage work...remember, I'm not allowed to touch his face...I have to just leave him alone. This is super difficult for me...

He ah...decided to jump the trot pole....

Then after we did grid work for a good while, we merged to adding a single fence, a verticle, after the line.

And then out to the XC course...starting out small over a little log, to gradually increasing Nelson and I to Novice Fences...

Another "Cheese" moment..

Establishing a Coffin Canter before our Novice Drop into the water complex


And another drop...

Stone wall..looks small, but it's quite wide. This fence actually is put on the Training Level course...but Novice riders are capeable of doing it. I am leaning to the left because I was focusing on the Novice Drop at the Water Complex, which was our next obsticle...

About to jump out of the Water Complex....we seemed to of been in that "fence" quite a lot....

Novice Ramp..

Our goal is to do a full season at Novice this year, pending me getting over my fear of stadium, and Nelson's health *He just turned 22* so we'll see. Day by day thing for us :) Our ultimate goal, is to ride Richland Park this year, that's a 3* Rated Course and VERY BIG. But, first and foremost, Cobbletone.

Now to get me over 2'11" stadium fences. It's funny - cause you can point me at a Training Level XC course, and I'll do it without hesitation...but you point me at a stadium course that height...and I freeze. Meh....

My new Coaches have full confidence that I'll get there, I just have to work on a regular basis at the stadium to get it to be 2nd nature to me, without 2nd thought.

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-23-2011, 12:32 PM
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I love the pictures! Insanely jealous though, we just got about a foot of snow. I think I'm going to go crazy being stuck in an indoor any longer.

Best of luck to you in the eventing season!
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post #3 of 17 Old 04-23-2011, 12:36 PM
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Great photos... you need to take my boy and get him out there! (how much does it cost to ship a horse from WC Canada to MI, USA??? LMAO)
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post #4 of 17 Old 04-23-2011, 12:45 PM
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That looks like a ton of fun! Hoping to be doing that sometime soon . You guys look great!
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post #5 of 17 Old 04-23-2011, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Spastic - I totally know what you mean! I get sooo brain dead riding in the indoor on a daily basis over the winter. Being outdoors is so much healthier for Nelson and I - I can feel the difference in his movement too between the two.

Glad you liked the pics :)

Unicorn - I would LOVE to take Finlay, that boy would make an awesome eventer! He has all the makings for one, that's for sure!

Thanks Equine! I love my Nelson <3 - hope to see pics of you out there soon!

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post #6 of 17 Old 04-23-2011, 08:47 PM
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^^ You guys are lucky you get indoors! I've decided that next year my girl is probably gonna get at least a month off. Only riding once every two weeks, bareback, on a crazy stubborn mare who bucks like mad in the snow was so not working out for me

I loved the pictures though! While you're at it, wanna take Roxy for awhile and get her over some XC jumps?! We're hoping to start eventing after this hunter season is over, but it should be interesting getting her over all those "scary" jumps...

Worth The Wait <3
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post #7 of 17 Old 04-23-2011, 09:05 PM
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You two look wonderful. I wish I could see you at the event. May 22 and his being 22 sounds like it is meant to be. Remember, the average age of the horses in the 72 olympics was 18 years old. That means for every 9 year old there was a much older horse (I haven't checked in any more recent olympics). And these were horses at the top of the game.
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post #8 of 17 Old 04-23-2011, 09:09 PM
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awesome !!!! your lucky everything is dryed out !!! only are grass arena is, and part of the outdoor one ! not are trails for are cross-country jumps yet !!! But it will come Nice pics !

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hfl - if you lived closer, I would totally help you out with those "scarey" CC fences.

Allison, thank you so much for your kind words! They make my heart smile. There are a few "seniors" in our area that are older than Nelson doing Training and Prelim. Last year they were 25, and they're still rocking the house! Keeps me hopeful, but we'll see what the Ol' Man has to say :)

Frankiee, hope to see pics of you out there :)

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post #10 of 17 Old 04-24-2011, 08:42 AM
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Awesome!!! you two look great! So jealous...still too soggy here for xc! :(
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