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    01-21-2011, 05:49 PM
  #1
Foal
want to start eventing!

Ok so eventing always looked way too daunting and scary for me but then I started read all your guys experiences (and saw MIE's amazingly pretty ribbons! XD ) and now.. I want to event!! So yes I think I may have just come over to the dark side :/ haha now I have a 14.2 9 yeard old new forest, he is extremely green as in not schooled at alll so I have TONS of work to do there but I knew that when I got him anyway, I'm looking to do low level eventing as obviously Rascal is only 14.2 haha so yeah I don't know how high he can jump but he jumped a 4 ft field fence from a complete standstill with only a very minor scratch. I am going to aim for us to do our first fun one day event at a local show it's on september 4th this year and has an easy walk trot dressage test and 1ft 6' show jumping and cross country keeping it small as it will be his first show so do you think this is a good idea and do you think he would be ableto even? I'll post a pic of him (NOTE: he is very unfit here as he was out of work for 6 months this was a week after I got him so has tons of muscle wasteage and is quite porky! He was also cut at 5 as he had a son so that's why he has such a thick neck I think) my friend whos mum is a top eventing instructor over here said she thinks he'll be able to do some low level stuff as he's quite energetic anf forward going and also just a tad spooky which is apparntly what you need for an eventer :S haha so yes sorry for the long post :P

Congrats if you read it all!!

Rascal:
     
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    01-21-2011, 05:58 PM
  #2
Trained
Welcome! We have cookies :) And carrots........cause the horses have to have something to munch on too :P

Your Poneh is adorable, and I look forward to seeing and hearing more about the two of you adventuring the sport of Eventing! Sounds like you have a good coach who'll get you started.

Size doesn't matter :) Look at the "Late and great" Teddy O'Connor - he was small, but had the right everything to do what he was able to do. Your boy will tell you what his limitations are,and so will your coach.

Just go out, stay safe and have fun! It's a great sport, but a sport that demands the respect it deserves.

Do you have a local pony club? If so, maybe look into joining them. There's so much to learn :)

Welcome :) Muuuwwaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
     
    01-21-2011, 06:15 PM
  #3
Foal
Thank you :) I just want to say that I really admire you and nelson and love to hear about your sucesses yep we have a pony club, however I do not have a trailer soo I can only really afford to trailer him to my lessons and to shows I am only able to have one lesson a month at the moment :/ I know this is not alot but I'll just try to work on the things I learn in between I'm not even going to think about starting to jump until he is better balenced and working nicely in the school and able to canter on the right leg! The only thing I'm a little worried about is that he is terrified of water :/ which could be a problem with all those water jumps haha any ideas how to desensitize him to it? :)
     
    01-21-2011, 06:59 PM
  #4
Trained
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Originally Posted by JessXxX    
Thank you :) I just want to say that I really admire you and nelson and love to hear about your sucesses
Yep we have a pony club, however I do not have a trailer soo I can only really afford to trailer him to my lessons and to shows I am only able to have one lesson a month at the moment :/ I know this is not alot but I'll just try to work on the things I learn in between I'm not even going to think about starting to jump until he is better balenced and working nicely in the school and able to canter on the right leg! The only thing I'm a little worried about is that he is terrified of water :/ which could be a problem with all those water jumps haha any ideas how to desensitize him to it? :)
Thanks Jess! That is very kind of you to say and that means a lot! I love my Boo, he's my special man <3

I understand the frustrations of not owing your own rig, I'm there too. I have to rely on my Besties around me to haul my arse around. But it sounds like you have goals set out, and very realistic one's at that! You can do it! There are a lot of great video's out there on Dressage and that can help you with the fundamentals. I like video's because I am a visual learner, and do well with seeing and hearing at the same time.

I have a hard time with books.

Jane Savoie is a great one to look to. She has a whole system out - books, video and tape casset - to help you each step of the way. My Coach has her series and she loves it. I'm going to borrow it from her when she's finished with it.

There are also lots of great books, I have 101 Dressage Exercises for both horse and rider. Great pictures and very explanatory.

You can also hack - I highly suggest hacking. Great way to condition both you and your horse. I hack all the time! Hack, hack, hack and hack some more when you are done hacking

I can't wait to hear about your progress together! Pics are a must you know
     
    01-21-2011, 07:00 PM
  #5
Foal
I am in pony club at it is FUN! They really teach you stuff you really never knew. And I would suggest a trainer that could work with both you and your horse at the same time. Size doesn't matter. My pony has free jumped 4' at ease. But all I can tell you to do is groundpoles, groundpoles, groundpoles. That's all you'll have to do for about a month
     
    01-22-2011, 10:54 AM
  #6
Foal
Yeah I wish I had my own trailer :(
I might be moving yards, my new yard has a floodlit arena and jumping paddock so it's sounding good already! It also has an instructor on site and a bsja jumper the instructor sounds good though, he teaches by ear piece which is interesting he does it so you can concentrate what your doing and not keep looking at him I think this is an interesting idea so if we move I will definitely be having a few lessons with him, I really hope that Rascal likes jumping as at the moment I just don't know! Haha but I think I'll free school/ lunge him over some to see how much scope he has, I know that as soon as he starts refusing or knocking poles down that will be his limit.

Just wondering what things will I need for just low level eventing I have a gp wintec saddle I have a bridle obviously xD I have a show jacket shirt and stock and some white show breeches, I have a old fashioned cooler (the type that's kinda like big holed netting) I don't have any jumping boots but I'm trying to get some I just don't know what is a good make? And I only have 90 in my bank (I'm 15 and don't have a job) :( but yes I'd prefer not to pay that much... soo what else would I need/anything else I should know? Haha
     
    01-22-2011, 11:01 AM
  #7
Trained
You should start doing odd jobs to start making some moolah. When I was your age, I was walking dogs, mowing lawns, pulling weeds, planting seeds in gardens, washing cars, babysitting, washing houses and anything else you can think of, to make myself some pennies to support my horse hobby.

Boots, my favorite is Mountain Horse. They make good boots, you can always look for boots on ebay, you can usually good deals.

You'll also have to invest in a safety vest, very important. Helmet - that's a given :P - and make sure you get a medical card. There's so much needed, it's hard to think about all the items right now.

The Coach at the different facility sounds fascinating! Definitely worth a try! I like the ear piece idea, I bet it makes it much easier to focus on what you are doing, and must easier to hear and understand what is being asked of you.
     
    01-22-2011, 12:48 PM
  #8
Foal
Yep I have a level 3 body protector already, it is blue and pink so I was thinking that's going to be my cross country colours xD I'm sure I could borrow a friends one for showjumping as I probably wouldn't be allowed my blue and pink one for showjumping. Oh and of course I have a hat haha I never ride without my hat and my body protector :)

I've tried to find a job, I've advertised as a dog walker and babysitter when I'm 16 however I'll be able to get one it's just no one employs under 16 year olds because of the insurance :( but I will keep trying! I don't want you to think that I just sit at home going I want money and not do anything about it! It's not that I can't be bothered it's that I live in quite a small town so people tend to employ the over 16's as the insurance is cheaper.. :( nevertheless I will still try.

Yes, I'm interested to try him aswell, his specialty is dressage apparntly he loves teaching that over jumping so I'm sure he'll be happy to teach me and Rascal!

Thank you so so so much MIE you must think I'm an idiot as I don't know anything :/ but I try my best :p and I think my goals are not too far fetched seeing as I was going to use him for jumpers this summer anyway. So yeah thanks alot for giving me all the advice and sorry I'm so novice with the eventing thing.
     
    01-22-2011, 01:49 PM
  #9
Trained
I don't think you are an idiot at all! Don't be silly! We all have to start somewhere, I guarantee you I was at the same point back in my younger days. Don't beat yourself up!

I wish you all the best! Don't appologize! We are all happy to help in any way that we can, and I only want you to remain safe, and enjoy yourself!
     
    01-22-2011, 01:59 PM
  #10
Foal
Thanks :)
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What do you think of these eventing boots for Rascal? They seem good and on sale at 19.99!! Should I get front and back or would front do for now?

I would get the new 2011 version but they only have it in medium 15.2 - 16 so wouldn't be much good Rasc :)
     

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