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post #1 of 9 Old 12-20-2009, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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The Troubles Of Eventing.

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So, my lifetime goal is to make it to a high level in eventers. Not this week, not this year, maybe not even with this horse -- although I hope I do. Anyway, I have a slight problem. I cannot practise cross country and I can't practise full show jumping courses offern.

Although I am joining a Pony Club that has wonderful Show Jumping resorces (mainly training) it has about 60 polls, wings, everything that is only 5 minutes away, I don't have a float, so unless I can borrow my friends, then I would only be able to do show jumping a tiny bit. Until we buy our own float. They also do have a smaller cross country course, although isn't a full course at the moment.

The best cross country course in the area is half an hour away, so we would only be able to head up there every two weeks, with our friends float if we can borrow it. Otherwise maybe only every two months. Until we get our own float.

So its really hard to practise the jumping part at the moment. But hopefully once I join pony club on the 3rd of January, we will be able to do a heap more jumping. But untill then we've just got to keep doing dressage. It needs a lot more work anyways

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-20-2009, 07:52 AM
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Yep, there are always some sort of Trial or Tribulation that comes about that prevents us who want to level up, from getting there.

If not the acess to train, then something happening to your horse, or the horse you have isn't going to beable to do what you are asking. Or money, or you lose your job or something.

I wanted to get back to Prelim with my guy, 2-3 years ago. Now, he's 20 and crap happened that got in the way, pretty much finances, and we're still at Novice.

But, I am blessed to still have a horse. I am blessed to beable to afford to board at a lovely facility. And I am thankful that I can still ride and do what we are doing now.

"When life throws us something difficult to handle. Don't say "Why Me?" say "Try Me!"

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-20-2009, 02:15 PM
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^Yeah, agreed. Hey, jumping is dressage with speed bumps! I havn't jumped since EARLY November, but I have been working on Dressage and stamina training.

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I know how frustrating it can be not having a trailer/float. I didn't have one until June of this year. There really is no need to go to a cross country course more than once a month- if that. I haven't schooled cross country in... oh... 3 months. I have some jumps at home (enough to make a full course) but I rarely jump courses. If you have a couple of jumps at home, that is sufficient for the majority of the rides you have.

I jump about once a week on one horse. And once every two weeks on the other. Jumping isn't be be-all-end-all of eventing. That's what dressage is for :) So just focus on dressage and hacking/building stamina while you can't trailer over. It's no biggie.

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-20-2009, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, We just have never done cross country, so I really want to get him schooling out on the course -- with a trainer. I'm actually trying to find an eventing trainer at the moment. That is near impossibe.

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post #6 of 9 Old 12-20-2009, 08:11 PM
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Well if you don't have a trainer yet, then there is no rush anyway :) just make do with what you have for now and keep looking for that trainer. Then, work with him/her for a bit then go out on XC with their supervision.

I'm excited to hear about your eventing adventures! Especially eventing in Aussieland!

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post #7 of 9 Old 12-20-2009, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hey,

I'm actually going to talk to my aunty and see if she would "play" trainer for a few weeks/months, untill I one. She is/was a excellent rider, who did do eventing. She had one of the top trainers around and I know she could give me some advice, Until my trainer wants to take me on as an eventer (6 months) or I can find another eventing trainer. I know once I'm at pony club, there is a cross country course there. So there are some advanced riders who would be able to give me pointers.

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I'm in the same boat, no access to jumps. We have a course 2 mins away but no one is allowed to train on it. I have small paddocks so no space for grids etc, only one or two jumps which is very frustrating!! Also have zero hills and no tracks to ride on so its an effort trying to get horses fit without boring them to death!
My horse went out to an ODE without ever having seen a XC jump. If you can do basic schooling at home (or PC) you don't actually HAVE to jump XC, just build SJ to the dimentions etc. You can make fake ditches, corners etc as well with SJ.
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Hello

So, my lifetime goal is to make it to a high level in eventers. Not this week, not this year, maybe not even with this horse -- although I hope I do. Anyway, I have a slight problem. I cannot practise cross country and I can't practise full show jumping courses offern.

Although I am joining a Pony Club that has wonderful Show Jumping resorces (mainly training) it has about 60 polls, wings, everything that is only 5 minutes away, I don't have a float, so unless I can borrow my friends, then I would only be able to do show jumping a tiny bit. Until we buy our own float. They also do have a smaller cross country course, although isn't a full course at the moment.

The best cross country course in the area is half an hour away, so we would only be able to head up there every two weeks, with our friends float if we can borrow it. Otherwise maybe only every two months. Until we get our own float.

So its really hard to practise the jumping part at the moment. But hopefully once I join pony club on the 3rd of January, we will be able to do a heap more jumping. But untill then we've just got to keep doing dressage. It needs a lot more work anyways
Good for you for having such goals Pony Club is a great program to learn both horse management and riding. I had the chance to be part of it for years and really enjoyed it.

Nothing wrong with working on your flat work. It's the basics of all riding. Good luck with Pony Club
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